The French Revolution: The Revolution Of The American Revolution
While there was no tyrannical, violent king that was overthrown like King Louis XVI during the French Revolution, or no oppressed proletariat class that replaced the ruling class like in the Russian Revolution, the American Revolution was still truly revolutionary because it changed nearly every aspect of life for the colonists, and America as we know it today would not exist. There economic, political, and social upheaval as a result of gaining independence from England.
The Treaty of Paris was signed on September 3, 1783, and it marked the end of the Revolutionary War. Great Britain had to recognize American independence and gave up the land between the Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania and the Mississippi River. The United …show more content…
Its ratification was slowed by the colonist’s fear of a strong centralized government, high taxes and widespread land claims, and leftover doubts from when they were under British rule. The Articles of Confederation was signed by all thirteen states in 1781 and served as the country’s first constitution. The states maintained sovereignty and independence. Congress was given the power to make treaties and alliances, maintain the armed forces, and issue coins.
The American Revolution brought on the separation of church and state. Colonists challenged the authority of religious intuitions. The Anglican Church was seen as an agent of oppression, since the head of the church is the British monarch, so it seemed inappropriate to fund the church with taxes. By 1833, all states abolished state- supported churches.
The American Revolution is a classic underdog story. The Americans had less power, money, and men than the British, but they were fighting for what they believed in-freedom, their homeland, and their families, and they won against all odds. The Revolution’s rousing, radical spirit sparked other social movements, such as the anti-slavery movement and the women’s rights movement. It was hypocritical that Americans were struggling for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, while denying these rights to African Americans and …show more content…
Prior to the revolution, ministers, particularly Puritans, were very misogynistic. They thought that men were morally superior. It was enlightened leaders realized the importance of education women after the revolution. Women were the ones primarily raising children, and therefore in order to ensure successful future for the country, women must be educated so they could teach their children. This ideology came to be known as “Republican Motherhood.”
Abigail Adams famously told her husband John Adams to “remember the ladies” when he was drafting the new government. The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." It is this powerful belief in equality that influenced women’s rights activists at Seneca Falls, New York. Their “Declaration of Sentiments” was modeled after the Declaration of Independence. Women were granted the right to vote in