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The American Revolution

The Causes and Consequences

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THE POSITIVE CONSEQUENCES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

1. THE DRAFTING OF THE CONSTITUTION.

After the revolution, independence was won on the battlefield and was confirmed at the Paris Peace Conference. A national government was formed and Congress acted as a legislative body, but was not strong enough until a national constitution was drafted. By this, the American could now hold an election to choose who should lead and represent them in government.

The drafting of The Constitution was the beginning of total independence and freedom of the Americans from British rule. The constitution was the cornerstone on which United States was built. The idea was a good start for United States, for without these strong and legal guidelines, America will still be dependent on the British. Without the Constitution, the freedom and independence they fought hard for would have been in vain.

Many States seized the opportunity brought about by the drafting of the Constitution to form political and social reforms. In Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, and other states, the seats in the legislature were reapportioned in order to give the western districts their fair share.

2. THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.

All the rules that governed Britain and the colonies were influenced by the church. Rules that favored the Puritans, the Catholics, and the other religions in the colonies were very powerful; they were influential in the way the government was run. But as soon as America became independent and their own rules were set, it became clear that the church needed to be separated from the government. The rules drafted in The Constitution supersedes the church rules and became the foundation and guidance by which all must abide to maintain democracy.

3. THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF SLAVERY.

As many Americans became more enlightened and the spirit of national growth was developed, the people began to realize that slavery was not a good thing. It deprived a human being of his or her right to live freely. It does not promote a national spirit. Also some blacks were becoming educated and started to demand their rights to freedom. One example is Frederick Douglass who attracted large audiences as an anti-slavery lecturer.

4. POSITIVE EFFECTS OF THE REVOLUTION ON WOMEN.

Women also demanded their rights as they became more educated and involved in the spirit of nationalism. They learned quickly by taking control of businesses and homes, in the absences of their husbands and fathers who had left to fight the war. They believed they could do more than just raising children and staying at home. They fought to be recognized and never stopped until their voices were heard. Today, women take lead in many government positions and businesses.

5. THE GROWTH OF AMERICAN NATIONALISM

American victory meant independence and control of their own affairs and future but the most important result was the growth of American nationalism. Most modern revolutions have been caused by nationalism and resulted in independence but it was the other way around in the case of the American Revolution. American nationalism came as a result of the war because their unity was their only hope of winning the war against powerful Britain. The American national spirit developed during the conflict and they remained united after the war. The Americans needed to act as one to preserve their new-found freedom and to continue what they discovered was a better system, one in which “no group within the society, no matter how numerous, should have unrestricted authority”.

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