Compare And Contrast The French Revolution And American Revolution

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When asked to compare and contrast the American and French Revolutions, there are many similarities and differences. They even shared some key issues: representation, social order, and ideas introduced during the Enlightenment. Starting with the American Revolution, this movement had very conservative political views. Among these views came the ideas of preserving colonial liberties and local autonomy. The colonies had a society rooted into the principles of Egalitarianism; they felt everyone was on an equal level. This mindset was definitely different than those individuals in Europe. Looking back, you could easily see why this was one of the biggest reasons the revolution was fought because of the colonists’ hunger to gain equality. Inequality was especially found in the British government. Even though the colonies were being taxed by Great Britain, they had no representation in the British government. This created the famous saying “no taxation without representation.” This phrase became famous as the colonies got fed up with all of the taxes Great Britain had imposed. Some of the “unfair” taxes were found under the Sugar Act of 1764, the Stamp Act of 1765, the Townshend Act of 1767, and the Tea Act of 1773. These acts taxed a variety of products: sugar, coffee, tea, spices, newspapers, almanacs, pamphlets, dice, playing cards, etc. The most famous one may be the Tea Act because of the revolt the colonies had towards it. On December 16th, 1773, the colonies took to the Boston Harbor for their political protest. In protest of the Tea Act, they dumped all of the tea into the Boston Harbor, becoming the event in history known as “The Boston Tea Party.” The war itself spanned from the year 1775 to 1787. In the year 1778, Great Britain had 50,000 regular troops invading the colonies. Colonists had over 400,000 men serving in their military, however, no more than 20,000 troops were loaded at a time. The end of the war found its way to Philadelphia where 55 delegates met to revise their current supreme law of the land, the Articles of Confederation. These delegates were among the top as having political experience, being well-educated, being wealthy, and having
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