Differences And Similarities Between The French And American Revolutions

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The French and American revolutions were two revolutions that had the mind to change the government and to set up a democracy so that everyone could have equal rights. These two revolutions had many similarities and differences. One similarity being that both wanted to escape the rule of their king. Second, is that both revolutions momentum behind their uprising’s was unfair taxation. Even though these two revolutions started out similarly they also had many differences, Some of the main differences were how the civilizations dealt with the revolution. The French started a rebellion which became violent and the Americans revolution did not start as a rebellion so it was far less violent. Another big difference was that the American revolution …show more content…
Both wanted to establish a democracy to give equal rights to all people. Another major similarity between these two revolutions was that both wanted to escape the rule of their king. At the time, the French were under the rule of Louis XVI (16th). Louis was hated by most of France because of the ridiculous amount of money he was using. Louis was using a lot more money than what was coming in, he spent lots of money on wars like the Seven Years' War, the French and Indian War, and the American Revolution. (Louis was spending so much money on things that he wanted/felt like he needed, whilst half of France was starving to death). This was why the people of France wanted to escape from his rule. This eventually caused an uprising, The revolution was kickstarted on the 14th July 1789 (now remembered as Bastille day) on this day the Bastille was stormed and the the revolution began. During the American revolution, America was controlled by Great Britain (King George III), in the beginning the American colonists were proud to be British until the French and Indian war because King George lost a lot of money on buying weapons to help fight this war. King George also started taxing the colonists for things that they had always had for free, they did not like this so they started to boycott British goods. This is when the colonists decided that they wanted America to be an independant country and to be free …show more content…
The American revolution did not start as a rebellion so there was not a lot of bloodshed the American revolution started in a very conservative nature and finished that way too. But on the other hand the French revolution was very violent and full of bloodshed, one of the main causes of all the death was the reign of terror. The reign of terror was a period of violence that occurred after the onset of the French Revolution, it was sparked by conflict between two rival political groups the Girondins and the Jacobins. The reign of terror lasted from 5 September 1793 – 28 July 1794 During this time there was mass executions and lots of violence, Approximately 40,000 people were killed. A second difference between these two revolutions was what the end result was. Both revolutions set off to create a democracy for equal rights, but both of them did not end up fully achieving these goals. The French revolution ended up as a dictatorship. During the revolution the French created a declaration called “the declaration of the rights of man” this declaration announced peoples natural human rights. The American revolution also set out to give all their people equal rights and the end result brought liberty and justice to America, then the Americans created “the declaration of independence” on July 4, 1776 the Americans announced that the thirteen colonies that were at war

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