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Reflection on the meaning of the American Revolution began even before independence was declared and has never ceased. John Adams was speculating on the implications with Mercy Warren in January of 1776, and at the end of his life was still raising the question, "What do we mean by the American Revolution." The Bicentennial more than simply celebrating the event has become an occasion for reopening the inquiry. We still ask John Adams' question. We want to know what really changed with independence, and what fundamental principles underlay the Revolutionary movement.
© 1978 Utah State University Press
Bushman, Richard L. "Freedom and Prosperity in the American Revolution," in Larry R. Gerlach, ed., Legacies of the American Revolution (Logan, Utah, 1978), pp. 61-83.