There is an old adage that says, “freedom doesn’t come easy.” Webster’s Dictionary defines freedom as “The state of being free rather than in confinement or under physical restraint.” For centuries, people have struggled and fought to have freedom. In some situations, a great price as paid to have freedom. An example is the American Revolutionary War, for which the United States obtained its freedom from Great Britain. In other situations, freedom could be obtained by simply escaping everyday life and resting under a shade tree, as in the classic American story of Rip Van Winkle. Although the two examples are entirely different, they both have a lot in common because of the need for freedom.
The Emancipation of America from Great Britain
As for the United States, tensions had been building for several years between Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies. There was a great disagreement over the way Great Britain had been treating the colonists and the way the colonists felt they should be treated. The British Empire had passed several laws in an effort to increase control over the colonies. The Acts of 1763, The Navigation Act, The Townshend Act, The Tea Act, and The Intolerable Acts were just a few issues the British attempted to bestow on the colonists to increase taxes for themselves. The Americans opposed the new laws because they had no representation in Parliament, which led to the slogan “No taxation representation.” Many of the American founding fathers met regularly and through religious study, men like Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, taught that... “…all men are created equal, and there is no divine right of kings, and wicked laws should be disobeyed.”
Eventually, the American Revolutionary War broke out in 1775 and ended in 1783. As a result of the war, the colonists won their freedom.
The Emancipation of Rip Van Winkle
The tale of Rip Van Winkle begins...