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The American Revolution and Its Impact. Readings: Spodek, pp. 536-539. England was the exception to the Pyramid Shaped Societies. The English Civil War and the “Glorious Revolution” led to an increasing role of Parliament. Puritan New England. Town Meeting Wanted consensus

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the american revolution and its impact

The American Revolution and Its Impact

Readings: Spodek, pp. 536-539

england was the exception to the pyramid shaped societies
England was the exception to the Pyramid Shaped Societies
  • The English Civil War and the “Glorious Revolution” led to an increasing role of Parliament.
puritan new england
Puritan New England
  • Town Meeting
  • Wanted consensus
  • Kicked out dissenters
  • New Englanders
the south
The South
  • Had Locke-inspired Constitution
  • 40 shilling freehold
  • Excluded Many poor Appalachia Farmers
  • County was the basic unit of Government
  • Many counties in the South were 50% slaves
all colonies
All Colonies
  • Had minor legislative institutions
  • Were diverse
  • All happy to be English citizens
  • All had some rights
grenville plan 1764
Grenville Plan – 1764
  • Salutary Neglect
  • Grenville attempts to find old laws
  • Navigation Acts
  • Molasses Tax
  • Sugar Act
  • Stamp Act
  • Quartering Act
committees of correspondence
Committees of Correspondence
  • Propaganda makes it a Massacre
  • 3 years later was the Boston Tea Party
  • Punished for the Boston Tea Party
  • Had various names
first continental congress
First Continental Congress
  • September 4, 1774
  • All colonies but Georgia
  • Refused to Import Goods
  • British angered by this and decided to destroy colonial stores in Concord
declaration of independence
Declaration of Independence
  • Was signed in 1776, about a year after the war had started
  • It made the French realize that we were serious and they joined the colonists to fight the British
key points in declaration
Key Points in Declaration

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

the constitution
The Constitution
  • Was written after the Articles of Confederation had failed.
  • It was a compromise but more Hamiltonian
  • Separation of Powers
  • Checks and balances
  • Bill of Rights added later
george washington
George Washington
  • Became president in 1789.
  • Did not become military dictator
  • Did not want to ever have a king again