Characteristics Of The American Revolution

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The year 1763 played a vital role in shaping American history. 1763 marked the end of Britain 's salutary neglect, it marked the end of colonists’ prized autonomy, yet it marked the beginning of a new America. In the years to follow, colonists had come to realize the significance of autonomy and independence, and were willing to do anything to obtain it, even if it meant war with the empire on which the sun never sets. Rhetoric of independence and equality was heard left and right, it sparked a fervor that resulted in a colonial movement to gain these characteristics. This movement, in 1775, evolved into the Revolutionary War. This revolution was not simply a war that the US had won, but it was rather a significant transformation that created …show more content…
Nonetheless, the revolution had a global impact. Countries like France and Haiti broke away from their tyrants and embarked on a new independent journey. The American revolution is often over glorified, it is often portrayed as a great battle for independence, displaying the strength of the country, and so forth. Though these ideas were instilled in the common colonist, actions were rarely seen. One begins to think, why were there not any actions to follow these ideals? These principles were the product of this nation’s Founding Fathers. Wealthy, white men that were not thinking of the native Americans, women, slaves, or rather anyone besides themselves, while writing the new law of the land. As famous American historian George Bancroft states, “The Constitution establishes nothing that interferes with equality and individuality. It knows nothing of differences by descent, or opinions, of favored classes, or legalized religion, or the political power of property. It leaves the individual alongside of the individual. ... As the sea is made up of drops, American society is composed of separate, free, and constantly moving atoms, ever in reciprocal action ... so that the institutions and laws of the country rise out of the masses of individual thought which, like the waters of the ocean, are rolling evermore” (Zinn 90). The American revolution induced some of the most significant ideas and principles in American history; however, often times ideas hold little significance when they are not followed by

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