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The Rebels as Victors. Six major reasons for victory. 1. The Americans were fighting for their own soil, homes and freedom. 2. The Americans were superior wilderness fighters. 3. Superior leadership: Washington, George Rogers Clark, Nathanael Greene, John Paul Jones.

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six major reasons for victory
Six major reasons for victory
  • 1. The Americans were fighting for their own soil, homes and freedom.
  • 2. The Americans were superior wilderness fighters.
  • 3. Superior leadership: Washington, George Rogers Clark, Nathanael Greene, John Paul Jones.
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4. Notable foreign volunteers: Marquis de Lafayette, Baron de Kalb, Baron von Steuban, Count Pulaski, and Thaddeus Kosciusko.
  • 5. France, Spain and Holland enter the struggle against Great Britain.
  • 6. Within England, public opinion was divided. ( William Pitt and Edmund Burke)
results of revolution

Results of Revolution

Winds of change

movement toward democracy
Movement toward democracy
  • Lessening of some voting restrictions.
  • Elimination of primogeniture.
  • Virginia Declaration of Rights. (1776)
  • Gains in the fight for separation of church and state.
  • Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom (1786).
  • Movement against slavery.
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  • Women’s gains.
  • “Civic virtue”. Who taught the children?
  • “Republican motherhood” Elevated women as the keepers of the nation’s conscience.
state constitutions
State constitutions
  • Became the models for later documents.
  • Followed the ideas of Montesquieu.
  • Legislative branch usually had sweeping powers.