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The American Revolution was the political upheaval during the last half of the 18th century in which thirteen colonies in North America joined together to break free from the British Empire, combining to become the United States of America. It brought new changes to America, while some things remained the same. Politically, the creation of a new constitution, led to the establishment of a new centralized democratic government. Socially, some individuals and groups still didn't have the same rights and opportunities as others. Economically, a method for fixing the national debt would help a slow, but steady improvement to American Society. I believe that overall, the American Revolution was revolutionary.

The switch from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution brought numerous political changes. The new constitution established the three branches of the national government: a legislative, an executive branch, and a judicial branch. The braches each have different powers and duties; this is called the separation of powers. The United States Congress, which consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate, is the legislative branch of the federal government which has the power to pass, amend, and repeal laws. The executive branch is led by the president which has sole authority and is responsible for the daily administration of the state bureaucracy. The judicial branch, headed by the Supreme Court, interprets and applies the law in the name of the state. All other rights not listed in the Constitution but recognized and protected by the court are reserved to the respective states and the people, thus establishing the federal system of the government. These changes caused the American world to change because there was more of a central government and more national pride because Americans had a government to look up to and to trust.

The American Revolution didn't cause great social changes as other revolutions had. There were many individuals and groups that didn't have a fair life in America. The only people that really had a fair life were white men because by the 1800s indentured servitude was ending. Women never really got rights until later on. Indians would always have their land taken away from them. Sometimes their land would just be taken over or sometimes there would be a battle over their land in which the Indians would lose and many of their people would die, shortening the amount of people they had. African Americans had a little break but not really. The North decided to no longer allow slavery which means they could be freed. In the South, they wanted to end slavery and wanted to send the slaves back to Africa even though most slaves, if not all, were born in America. They didn't care; all they wanted to do was to get rid of them. Even though the slaves might get their freedom they were still being discriminated for the color of their skin. Even though the American Revolution changed



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