Compare And Contrast The American Revolution And The French Revolution

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“A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past” (Fidel Castro). What fuels the beginning of a revolution? Why do revolutions often turn to war? Revolutions often start with a small group of discontent people, and can quickly turn to war when dealing with such important topics with which people have such strong opinions. The French Revolution began when the citizens of France stormed the french prison, the Bastille, and tore it to the ground on July 14th, 1789. The American Revolution began with the writing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Both Revolutions were meant to overthrow the government that was ruling over the people. Both the American Revolution and the French Revolution were fueled by the …show more content…
Now that both wars are over, it seems that what came because of them is more important than what happened during them. Both Revolutions showed the rest of the world that people do have a say in how their country is run. However, the American Revolution is the better example of the two, because although it was full of bloodshed, it had a more positive result. After the American Revolution was won by the patriots, the British Government and the Newly found American Government both signed a document known as the Paris Treaty. The Paris Treaty is one of the most important documents of American history, after the Declaration of Independence, because “It recognized the United States of America as an independent nation that stretched from the Atlantic to the Mississippi” (Bliven 179). The American Revolution was a success in that it achieved its goal of becoming a free country, but also because it opened up new possibilities for people. Most people don’t realize that “The American Revolution was fought for more than mere independence from Great Britain, and it achieved something beyond one new country on the map of the world” (Bliven 182), it brought about the attitude that the fate of a country should be up to the people that know it best. Ushistory.org valadates the idea that Americans winning the revolution, galvanized the feeling that people do have a say in their lives. Although it wasn’t an immediate impact, the revolution gave hope to movements like women’s rights and the abolishment of slavery. It became evident, not only in America, but also in other countries, that people are willing to fight for liberty and independence (Ushistory.org). In France, however, it was a different story. The French revolution did obtain its original goal, but it took longer than necessary, due to

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