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passion that leads to war always draws on a mixture of motives, some of them having to do with markets, budgets, simple economic self-interest, the creation of an image of a demonic foe to be used to rally the indifferent, and the contagious spirit that the sound of battle sets afire. All these were present. But it did not hurt and in the end it helped immensely that so many believers made 'the sacred cause of liberty' their own by claiming that a Provident God would bless their efforts, ennoble their sacrifices, and bless their beginnings as a new nation. In 1776, a national seal included the Latin slogan 'Annuit Creptis' -the divine has 'blessed our beginnings'. That sentiment came naturally.

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