The American Revolution , while it may have been the first war that was started to actually put into practice some ideas that previously had only been talked about, did not have any ideas that were new. Nothing really changed as far as the average man was concerned, after the revolution. Slaves were still enslaved, Indians were still considered savages, women were not given equal rights and the governments were still basically the same, except now there were no royal govenors. Most of the main ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence were borrowed from John Locke, a famous english philosopher. He believed that if the “ruling body if it offends against natural law must be deposed.” Locke saw it as a right and sometimes an obligation of subjects to overthrow their government, if it became oppressive. The Americans fully embraced this idea. They did not make up their own ideas. The most radical idea of the revolution was the idea that the COMMON people should have the right to govern themselves. In a world where monarchies were the status quo, and people believed that monarchs ruled by divine right, the idea THAT the average joe even had the ability to rule himself was mind-boggling.