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What is your perspective on the rights and responsibilities acquired during the revolutionary war and how do you think that this has impacted modern day society?

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Hi James,

I think the founding fathers would take strong issue with your premise.  Their whole argument was not that rights and responsibilities were acquired by the Revolution.  Rather the Revolution was fought in the protection of inherent rights that the colonists had always had as free Englishmen, and which the British government had suddenly tried to limit or destroy.

That said, many of the values for which the Revolutionary generation fought are still valued today.  Basic rights such as free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure, or to have legal protections at trial are all still highly valued.  Americans continue to value many of these rights more than many other countries.  The importance of these values to Americans is a direct result of how important they were to the revolutionary generation.

- Mike  

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Michael Troy

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My specialties are 17th through 19th Century history, especially in the Americas and Europe. I also have a fair knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman History, and some knowledge of Medieval European history. My expertise is focuses on Military and political history, but I`ll take a crack at anything.

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I have been a guest lecturer at George Washington University. Mostly, I have just read hundreds of books about world history.

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http://unlearnedhistory.blogspot.com/

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J.D. Univ. of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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Truman Scholar

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