DBQ #1 : Political, Social and Economic effects of the American Revolution

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The American Revolution was fought from 1775 to 1783, between [former] colonies and british soldiers. The revolution was fought so that the colonist could get from under the british government which they felt was overbearing and had been misusing their powers. The revolution which ended in seventeen eighty-three with the signing of the treaty of Paris. The former colonies where now their own individual entity, they were now Americans; living in the newly renamed United States. Post- American Revolution things in the states changed, drastically in some areas and not so drastically in other areas. Politically the states became polar opposites than that of the political system they had previously been following; these new thoughts were …show more content…
Lastly, the checks and balances system is another way that the political scene of the states changed fundamentally after the American Revolution. Now the judicial , legislative and executive branches of government were allow to check each other so that no one entity became too powerful. The two parts the legislative government could introduce new laws and would both have to agree on them before the law was able to pass. The President has the ability to veto a law, and send it back to the Senate and House of representatives to be fixed and then attempted again. This system was set in place to not only avoid a system similar to the one that they recently escaped from back in England, but also to avoid the tyranny of the people. James Madison wrote about this in the Federalist Papers #51 [Doc. I] published in 1788, this piece of literature reveals that the Americans were happy about this separation of powers, it meant that the government could not reform to be the same as the British government. In the end, all of these documents and decisions and changes played a role in the fundamental changes that took place in the political scene of America.

The social climate in America, after the American Revolution did hint at coming social changes; however, between 1775 and 1800 not too many fundamental changes took places. The Message to Congress from the Chickasaw Chief, July 1783 [Doc. C] illustrates that after the revolution peace with the native people

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