If the Enlightenment thinkers all got in a room together and said "What is the best representation of our writings, goals, and ideals?" They would surely have answered, "The American Revolution". The first state to gain independence in the New World, the USA was build on the Enlightenment. It's written into our DeclarationConstitution, and Bill of Rights. We the People stood up for our rights and fought a war to gain them. Locke, Montesquieu, and the boys would certainly be proud of how far their ideas have taken us. For most of you, APUSH (AP United States History) will cover this in greater detail next year. For now, you should view the American Revolution as a key part of the 1750-1900 AP World era in which colonies in the Western Hemisphere gain their independence (despite what Ron Swanson says at the bottom of the page :).

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CLIP ONE: AMERICAN REVOLUTION (Crash Course)

CLIP TWO: DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE (America: The Story of Us)

CLIP THREE: The CONSTITUTION (from CRASH COURSE)

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