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American Revolution Review. Causes. The colonists believed that their “rights as Englishmen” were being violated One of the main reasons for this thought was because they were being taxed without representation; and wanted to be able to tax themselves.

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American revolution review

American Revolution Review


Causes

Causes

  • The colonists believed that their “rights as Englishmen” were being violated

    • One of the main reasons for this thought was because they were being taxed without representation; and wanted to be able to tax themselves

  • The colonists were not allowed full participation in parliament (self-government)

  • The people felt that the British policies towards the colonies, especially regarding taxes, treated them as 2nd rate and were exploitive

    • When Ben Franklin was the envoy to England he was treated as a backwoods child

  • The Declaration of Independence was issued, expressing ideas about liberty, equality, and democracy


Leadership we had the right men in the right time of our history

Leadership“We had the right men in the right time of our history.”

  • George Washington – Commander in Chief of the Continental Army; First US President; created many of the traditions and procedures of the office of president; Father of Our Country

  • Thomas Jefferson – Author of the Declaration of Independence; 1st Sec of State; 3rd President; represented the common man to the government


Leadership continued

Leadership (continued)

  • Ben Franklin – our “Man for All Seasons.” Writer, scientist, and inventor; his diplomatic skills helped win France as an ally; his presence added legitimacy to the Constitutional Convention in 1787

  • James Madison – Father of the US Constitution

  • Alexander Hamilton – Primary author of the Federalist Papers (Madison too); 1st Secretary of the Treasury

  • John Adams – 1st VP, 2nd President; assisted in Dec. of Ind., nominated GW for Commander in Chief


Effects

Effects

  • America became independent

  • The U.S. Constitution (1789) included the ideas of constitutionalism, separation of powers, and popular sovereignty

  • The Bill of Rights was added as the first 10 amendments

  • The success and ideas of the American Revolution inspired the French to wage their own revolt ( and the debt they incurred)


Long term political impact

Long Term Political Impact

  • Resulted in a new style of government – a democratic republic, based on Enlightenment ideals

  • The idea of Individual and unalienable rights spread to European nations

  • U.S. achieves a stable, liberal government

  • France’s revolution will involve more social and economic reorganization


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