A Revolution is a changing rebellion, the overthrowing of a government by those who are governed. It is also a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving. Thankfully today both France and the United States of America are independent countries. This is because of the Revolution they both had to undergo in the past in order to rightfully get their independence. America gained their independence on July 4, 1776 and France gained theirs on July 14, 1789.
The years 1750-1900 are better known as the Revolution Era. During this time period, there were several revolutions that occurred throughout the developing world. Two of the main revolutions were the French Revolution and the Latin American Revolution. Both revolutions followed the anatomy of a revolution and had comparable causes, however the French Revolution politically better outcomes, whereas the Latin American Revolution resulted in poverty and lost territory.
The American and French revolutions are similar in some ways but different in others. Both of the revolutions were liberating, but the French revolution was more violent and bloodier than the American. As to the American revolution was more conservative and federal. The American revolution is similar to the French except the American was more limited meaning that they had to be more conservative.
The French revolution influenced U.S politics, as pro and anti- Revolutionary factions sought to influence American domestic and foreign policy. In 1790 the war with Britain was over and the people of the United States thought that it was time to build its institution of Democracy, Frontier, and Military. It was time to prove that this type of government could succeed.
The patriotic ideals and notions of the American Revolution did not end after Britain’s defeat in the Revolutionary War; they continued to shape America in which its’ society has drastically changed in political, social, and economic aspects from the 1770s to the 1800s. The reconstruction of a new government based on the values of freedom and justice for citizens, the increased awareness of the rights of women and slavery, and the crisis that led to the promotion of agricultural importance in the government are results from the Revolution that greatly changed America. After officially separating from Britain, the lively principles of freedom, equality, and justice created in the American Revolution made it difficult and necessary to reconstruct
Gentz wrote about these two historic revolutions in 1800 and compared them on various issues. He acknowledged the fact that these revolutions were completely disparate in their goals and ideas. For example, in the American Revolution the colonies were asking for their traditional rights as English citizens, in a calm and orderly way. On the contrary, the French revolution sought to uproot society's traditions to base them on reason alone. This difference lead Gentz to characterize the American revolution as defensive, and the French as offensive.
The French Revolution was a drastic time for the people of France. In 1789, the majority of people were living in poverty and dealing with terrible conditions. People were split into three estates: the first, second, and third, the first being the wealthiest. Political, economic, and social situations were what contributed to people’s desire for change. The three main, or biggest causes of the French Revolution, were taxes, inequality, and lack of reform.
In 1775, the American Revolution, a battle between England and their 13 colonies in North America, in order to nullify the British government’s power against them, began. Some will say that the colonists who fought as patriots were not influenced by the desire for democracy or independence from Britain, but to not want their common goods taxed, since they destroyed British property as a result. However, the colonists only protested taxation without representation, tried make Britain listen to their grievances, and fought to prevent the capture of rebels.
The French revolution During the French revolution, many different events were taking place, all with the same three ideas in mind, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. The people of Europe at this time knew that a formal constitution must be made to keep their country in order. At the time, sovereignty was being thrown around to different kings, people, and lines of royal descent. The thought of the people included giving equal sovereignty to their elected leader, and the people of Europe. Although the forming of the constitution did not take place until 1791, previous thinkers influenced the majority of the ideas put into the document.
There were many influential events in history. I researched each topic thoroughly and picked the one I felt was the most important. The sweet sixteen had many difficult choices to choose between. Between the battles of Yorktown and appomattox I choose the battle of Yorktown.