In his teachings, which were considered very radical by the ruling powers, but were eagerly accepted by the young men of the nation, he advocated the emancipation of the peasants, the freedom of the press, and an independent government for Hungary.
In 1848, which has been called the year of revolution, Europe was honeycombed with revolutionary ideas.
The despotism of the government, which ground down the laboring class, gave rise to increasing discontent and led to a widespread movement to bring the conditions of society up to a higher standard of justice and truth.
The first outbreak was in France, but its fires had long been smouldering throughout the land.
Hungary was the first to proclaim her independence of Austria, and Kossuth was, by unanimous consent, made the leader.
Although he had not been trained as a soldier, he put himself at the head of the troops and shared all their vicissitudes and desperate campaigns.
Young Kakas fought all through the war and gained