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How the American Revolution Changed American Society Essay

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From 1763 to 1789 the American Colonies underwent a radical transformation into an independent self governing nation. British debt accumulated from the French and Indian War brought colonists into conflict with the mother country over a variety of social, political and economic issues. However, the outcome of the American Revolution was not a radical departure from America had been prior to 1763 but later, with the introduction of the constitution, developed unto a revolutionary society. At the end of the American Revolutionary War in 1789, the colonies were free from British rule and a new nation was born. The Articles of Confederation created a new American Republic which was only replaced with a more democratic government under the…show more content…
Most colonials did not want to separate from the crown, but as time progressed, these atrocities made them question their authority. Revolutionaries like Thomas Payne argued that colonies should break free from England. Payne argued that it was unnatural for an island to control an entire continent and compared to the Earth orbiting the Moon. Revolutionaries like this helped push the colonies to fight back and gain their independence. The newly freed colonies drafted the Articles of Confederation based on the political philosophy of republicanism. This was the idea that a government should be controlled by the people and not a monarchy or aristocracy with inherited powers. A large government would lead to tyranny but a weak one would lead to anarchy. The only way republicanism would work is if the people were willing to put the public interest above their own self interest. Even though history had shown a true republic to fail and was only successful on a small scale, Americans viewed themselves as special. Their government wouldn't crumble like the Romains because the American people were virtuous enough to defeat the British, they would be virtuous enough to support the republic. (Could add 3,d,iii and 3,d,iv) Looking at the government that was in place before the 1763 and the government setup by the Articles on
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