Agony, doubt, struggle, disillusionment, betrayal, determination, frustration, jubillation. The government was formed but not in the hearts of all the individuals involved. The problem was state vrs national rights. The south wanted to keep slavery, the north abolishing it. There were loyalists in there who were fighting against the revolution. There were idealists like Thomas Jefferson. There was unmitigated leadership, like Geoerge Washington. There was failure and betrayal as in Benedict Arnold. The national army was starved and often fought barefoot, undermanned and undermined...yet it won because of a kind of Yankee determination to not loose, I believe, because democracy became more important than patriotism to a despot king. Largely, there were competing forces, key men gave their lives and fortunes, and for many years even after the nation was formed, there was dissent and disillusionment, chaos and personality clashes. It took the better part of 20 years after 1789 for the nation to really have a functional government...it worked on paper, but the seeds of civil war were sewen into the newly penned constitution...civil war was the only outcome of a nation which declared all men created equal yet wrote a document which declared that not all men could be equal. Slavery was a sickness that from its very inception, was doomed, for a house divided cannot stand...the crime of slavery is too grevious to hide, to awful to forebear, too hideous to allow...it was necessary to extinguish it as an abomination! It was the only way to make the words "all men created equal," real and to excise the wound of human injustice and suffering inequality rectified. Yet, even when it was rectified and purged by rivers of blood, it wouldn't be for another 100 years before blacks gained the full right in this country to be human beings...in the mean time, they fought and died in every war of this nation, toiled ceaslessly in its fields, added wonderful art and culture to America. They could not know just what would be wrought by penning their document, framed in ideals, a new and untried concept of government which hated tyrants, dictators, kings and injustice.
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