How the American Revolution Changed Society

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In 1776 the United States gained freedom from England with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The United States was the first country to break away from its oppressor in history. The United States wanted to change the American society politically, socially, and economically drastically, but in reality the American society did not change.

After the American Revolution, American society did not change politically. In the political scene women gained no power in the government. (Doc. J) With women not gaining any political rights showed how much the American society did not change. Women not gaining any political powers showed how the American society did not trust having women with power. John Adams, the second president of the United States of America, believed in a strong centralized government. (Doc. G) The need of a strong government proved that pre-revolutionary society did not change politically. The strong government did replace the monarchy, but still controlled what the people did. If the Revolution had completely changed America, there would not have been the need of a strong centralized government. The Alien and Sedition Acts brought the American society back into a pre-revolutionary society. (Doc. D) The Alien and Sedition Acts were acts that the Federalist passed to stop the criticism of the Republicans. Passing the Alien and Sedition Acts showed that the government could not take criticism much as the British monarchy could not. The laws took away the freedom of speech, which was listed as the first Amendment; taking away the rights of the people is exactly what the British did to the American people. How the government dealt with the Whiskey and Shay's Rebellion showed that the political system did not change. (Doc. G) The government sent the military to stop both rebellions. The Americans followed the British in sending the military to stop the rebellions. After the American Revolution the American society did not...
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