Social Changes During the Age of Revolutions

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Social Changes During the Age of Revolutions The late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries witnessed a number of significant revolutionary movements that were staged on both sides of the Atlantic. The British North American Revolution was on the forefront of this Age of Revolutions, sparking a cascade of subsequent revolutionary movement. First, the old monarchy of France fell, quickly followed by the first ever-successful slave rebellion in Saint-Domingue, and soon after, Spanish American Wars of Independence occurred in Latin America. This flow of independence movements shaped the lives of revolutionary leaders, loyalists, and slaves in the Atlantic World. In this essay, I will provide a thorough examination of what revolution promised and what it delivered to these various groups of people. The British North American Revolution was a political upheaval that occurred from 1775 to 1783, in which colonies worked together to break ties with the British. The British Empire took advantage of the colonies by imposing harsh taxes known as the Stamp Act and Townshend Acts and adopting the policy that colonies should contribute more to the territories rather than expanding its powers into western Indian Territory. These newly imposed policies, in correlation with a lack of colonial input in Parliamentary actions, resulted in the increase in tension between Imperial Britain and Colonial America. Colonist believed their rights were being violated and revolt started to become more and more of a certainty. On July 4th, 1776 the Declaration of Independence announced the independence of the thirteen colonies from the British Empire. The author, Thomas Jefferson stated in the document, “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,
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