Both the American Revolution and French Revolution were started in order to fight against their respective political leaders in order to end monarchial rule and start republican governments. The need to set up a stable and balanced government that protected the natural rights of its citizens was the basis of these wars. Following the end of the American Revolution and the failure of the Articles of Confederation, the Americans wrote the modern Constitution of the United States, heavily based off of Montesquieu’s idea of a divided government. The French Revolution began similarly in that some members of its government believed that they were not equally represented. After the French Revolution though, the republic slowly began shifting to a totalitarian regime, first under the Committee of Public Safety and then completely under Napoleon Bonaparte .The facts show that the American Revolution was more successful in establishing a stable and long-lasting republican government that started a precedent for Europe, while the French Revolution’s republic failed to last, being turned into a totalitarian regime.
Duggan 1 Paul Duggan APUSH-3 10-20-10 American Revolution DBQ During the period from 1775 to 1800, American’s views toward Britain began to change. British policies between 1763 and 1776 intensified the colonial’s resistance to Britain and commitment to their new Enlightenment ideals. The policies involved many taxes which the colonists’ resisted due to their belief that such taxes without representation abused their rights. Americans began to look for political, economic, and social freedoms that Britain continued to deny them. They felt that the king was abusing his power as a monarch and therefore their rebellion was for a just cause of declaring the independence they wanted.
From 1763 to 1776, Great Britain formed a series of Acts and was met with considerable resistance by the American colonists. This opposition eventually exploded into the American Revolution. The American colonists believed the newly won territory west of the Appalachian Mountains was theirs for the taking because they had fought in the French and Indian War as loyal British subjects. The settling of colonists brought them in contact with Native American tribes already residing in that territory. In order to avoid fight between the American colonists and Native Americans, Great Britain passed the Proclamation Act of 1763, creating a boundary beyond which colonists could not settle.
The American Revolution did not satisfy the colonial goals for civil, political, social, and economic rights; however the Constitution did. All the American Revolution did was drive the British out of America. With the British gone the Americans had the ability to strive for civil, political, social, and economic rights, but the Articles of Confederation became an obstacle in their path to their rightful goals. During the American Revolution the American people wrote a lot about what they wanted to accomplish and attain. In Document A, the Declaration of the Causes and Necessities of Taking Up Arms, it is written that the American people feel they have been wronged by England because their rights are restricted and wish for these basic rights to happiness and such.
But Americans had become used to having control over their local government. They objected to the new laws and protested being taxed without their consent. In 1775, Britain's Parliament declared Massachusetts, the center of most of the protests, to be in rebellion. British troops were placed in Boston to take swift action against the rebels. Shortly afterwards, war broke out.
The money raised from the indirect tax was used to raise revenue for The British Army and Navy. The colonist asked Parliament to repeal the tax; parliament rejected the request for the repeal. This caused irritation instilled in the colonists, which will lead to greater resistance later in colonial history. This also made the colonists want to start a centralized government. The Quartering Act of 1765 greatly intensified colonial resistance to the British.
DBQ American Revolution At the eve of the revolution it was evident that the colonists had developed a sense of urgency for their own identity and unity as Americans due to the constant political, economic, and social interference from Britain forcing them to break apart. Parliament began making laws that the colonists did not agree with. In order for the colonists to live how they wanted, they had to make changes; they had to break away from their “Mother Country”. As a result, the colonists began to slowly build their own identity. As identity grew away from British customs, unity among the colonists was beginning to increase as well.
Kevin Tattitch RB DBQ on Revolution In the period from 1750 to 1776, conflicts between England and their colonies in North America led to colonists demanding their independence and growing their identity as Americans. By looking at these documents and using prior knowledge of the revolution we can analyze to what extent the colonists developed their sense of identity as Americans. They did this this politically, socially, and constitutionally. Politically, they developed a sense of identity through the Albany Conference, which tried to unite them under one government. Socially they developed an identity by uniting because of hardships of British taxation, and regulation.
Both wars have similar qualities, as they were focused around liberty and equality. America was fighting for freedom from the overpowering British Empire, while the French were rebelling against the French monarchy in hopes to create a better government. Although the wars were similar, under further analysis, differences can be found within the principles behind each revolution. During the 18th century, many changes were happing with the people of Europe and North America. These changes included the understanding of new sciences in the surrounding physical world and advances in human thinking as science was applied to thought.
The famous American founding father, Thomas Jefferson once said "The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave." Indeed, this wave he was speaking about was present in the American Revolutionary War, and it changed the idea of government for the people, of the people, and by the people”. America wanted to break free from the rule of the British Empire, because of Great Britain treating Americans as second-class citizens, and also the Americans desire to establish their own government. You cannot understand the nature of the American Revolution, unless you understand the events which led up to the American Revolution: The French and Indian War(1754), The Proclamation of 1763, The Stamp Act of 1765, The Boston Massacre(1770), and the