French and American Revolutions Compare and Contrast

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Every one says history repeats itself over and over in different situations. The French and American revolutions were very similar in their demands and end results however were in two different situations. In both the commoners wanted fair representation in the government and fair taxation however the French were revolting from a tyrannical government and the Americans were revolting from a tyrannical mother country.

There were many causes that brought on the American Revolution. A great deal of the civil unrest was brought on by the French and Indian War. At the end of the war England had incurred a large dept. Because the war was fought for the colonists, much of England believed that that they should be the ones to recoup the great financial loss that England had suffered. The colonists disagreed, as they saw it the French and Indian War served to strengthen England's hold in the colonies, and as British subjects they should not be held accountable, while those in Britain paid nothing. Britain taxed them anyway, this caused an uproar from the colonists, who didn't feel that Britain had a right to tax them with out their consent, these feelings were fueled by the enlightenment ideas of Locke and Montesqueu which stated that the government should support its citizens not hinder them. On July 2, 1776, the second continental congress voted that the American Colonies were free from British influence. On July 4, two days later, they adopted the Declaration of Independence. These two events would began the American Revolution.

The Magna Carta had the most evidence of traditional democratic ideas. It shows roots of liberty, freedom, equality, etc. The Declaration of the Rights of Man does show some traces of it but not nearly as much as the Magna Carta does. The Magna Carta definitely influenced the Constitution of the United States. The Declaration of Rights of Man gave the impression that the people had certain rights, but under...
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