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The American Revolution

The Causes and Consequences
The American Revolution was the struggle by which thirteen colonies won independence from Great Britain, to become what we now know as The United States of America. The thirteen original states that joined together in the American Revolution against the mother country were New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

The American Revolution came about primarily because the colonists had matured. Their interests and goals were so different and distant from those of the mother country. Local politics, practices, social customs, religious beliefs, and economic interests had gone so far from the English ways. The British rulers failed to understand that; instead they added more reasons for the colonists to revolt.

The French and Indian War had a lot to do with the American's sense of separation from Britain. The war changed the way of thinking of the colonists. The colonists fought alongside the British army and this experience taught them how to fight. The victory over the French and Indian fighters also gave them a sense that they no longer needed the British army for protection.

In this group report, we will present information about the American Revolution, its causes and consequences. We will discuss the two major causes of the revolution, Political and Economic. Within the section Political Causes of the Revolution, we will present information on the Monarchy’s Tighter Control of the Colonies, The Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party, The Hessians, Common Sense, and The Declaration of Independence. Under the Economic Causes of the Revolution, the topics we will discuss are: Mercantilism, the Navigation Acts, the Coercive Acts, the Tea Crisis Act, The Towshend Duties, and The Sugar Act.

There are Positive as well as Negative Consequences of the Revolution. The Positive Consequences are The Drafting of the Constitution, The Separation of Church and State, The Beginning of the End of Slavery, it's Positive Effects on Women, and the growth of American Nationalism. Under the Negative Consequences we will cover the topics, America Divided Over the War, Economic Depression, Monetary Cost, and Initial Commercial Problems.

The American Revolution had a tremendous impact not only in The United States, but also in Europe and the rest of the world. We are now enjoying the fruits of the Thirteen Original States sacrifices and have also learned a lot of hard lessons from their experiences. Freedom and Democracy are definitely worth fighting for and we all have a responsibility to preserve and pass this on to the following generations.