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...successful Revolution ended, America achieved political independence but failed to result in the moral regeneration that so many republican spokesmen hoped for. During the revolution, there was much ambiguity about what the term “republicanism” meant. John Adams admitted that republicanism had come to mean “anything, everything, or nothing (70).” The Revolutionary Americans had varying opinions on what the new nation should entail. Some supported the revolution for more freedom in the market, while others viewed it as an opportunity for more freedom and participation in both social and political life. Once it began, colonists with opposing views still used the same libertarian arguments. As the fight for America’s independence ended, and the new nation began, the notion of simple living was undermined by the excitement of moving forward as a newly independent nation.
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