Consequences of the Revolutionary War

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Consequences of the Revolutionary War

Consequences of the Revolutionary War

POLITICAL*The United States became a democracy.*The government was a representative democracy in which voters elected officials to represent them in national, state, and local governments.*Voting rights were given to all white, male landowners.*Most state constitutions included a Bill of Rights.*Each state constitution provided for an elected legislature and a weak executive.*The Articles of Confederation became the basis of the government in the U.S.

SOCIALThe common man in the U.S. was given more rights and control. For example:~~Voting rights were given to all white, male landowners~Primogeniture (first born male inheriting the entire estate upon the death of the father) was abolishedThe institution of slavery was weakened. In fact, many northern states abolished slavery.Colonists considered themselves American, not English.

ECONOMICMercantilism was abolished.Industry and manufacturing increased dramatically. However, the U.S. still remained primarily a country of farmers.Many of the large Loyalist estates were confiscated. The land was then divided up and given to Patriots of the Revolution.The U.S. was now able to trade freely with all nations. Therefore, trade increased dramatically.Westward migration across the Appalachian Mountains was no longer hindered by British restrictions. This made cheap and plentiful land readily available to all Americans.

DIPLOMATICThe U.S. now needed to establish a foreign policy and form alliances with countries throughout the world.Many of the world’s oppressed peoples looked to the U.S. as an example.



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