American and French Revolution - Essay

1419 Words Oct 19th, 2012 6 Pages
Essay Exam #1
1. The leaders of both the American and French Revolutions declared that their goal was to create a new political system based on the principles of liberty and equality. However, the interpretation of those ideas by the American Founding Fathers turned out to be distinctly different from that of the French revolutionaries.
How did those different interpretations of the concepts of liberty and equality affect the outcomes and the legacies of both revolutions? Analyze, compare, and contrast.
The American Revolution officially began with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The French Revolution officially began with the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789.
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In half a century it made Europe overwhelmingly more powerful than other parts of the world, leading to the worldwide European ascendancy.
What do you view as the most important results (both positive and negative) of the Industrial Revolution and why? Explain and argue your point.
The Industrial Revolution began in England around the middle of the 18th century. With new technology available and rampant innovation, inventors began to build machines. Machines were a brand new way to push England into the future, but at what cost? It could be argued that machines took place of humans and animals and that they produced more goods that could be used for human consumption, but with mass amounts of coal being burned, fossil fuels quickly replaced wind and water as a source of energy. The Industrial Revolution laid the foundation for a human and environmental transformation that still affects us to this day. ( ) A negative result of the Industrial Revolution was pollution. Up until the mid 18th century, humans used small tools to create products that were hand crafted. It was a process whereby very little air pollution was created. When the Industrial Revolution started to gather speed, many people left the country and moved to cities hoping for a factory job. With the continuous flow of people into the cities, they became