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Was the American Revolution revolutionary Some persist in the argument that the American Revolution is not really a revolutionary movement They argue that the American Revolution did not establish a new nation because the new government was established by the same social elites that held power before the Revolution They point to the French Revolution a real revolution by anyones standards and claim that because the American Revolution does not share some of the same drastic and immediate changes it is not a real revolution However while both statements are arguably true they miss the fact that there were undeniable changes in American society as a direct effect of the American Revolution The new ideals for foundation of government the abolition of slavery in the North and the shifting of land-ownership to a broader more middle-class base all carried far-reaching social and political effects Thus these changes brought upon by the American Revolution define the American Revolution as undoubtedly revolutionary The American government that we know today is a product of the American Revolution This is because the ideals brought to the surface in the American Revolution were the very ideals that our government was founded on These ideals include antistatism egalitarianism populism and liberalism The antistatism of the American Revolution is seen as the rebellion against the powerful centralized English government Fighting against a centralized monarchical state the founding fathers distrusted a strong unified government Lipset 20 To them the centralized English government was tyrannical and thus antistatism was a prevailing idea of the America Revolution Following the revolution antistatism was expressed as a complete lack of centralization in the American government under the Articles of Confederation The ideals of antistatism are also expressed in the Constitution ie the elaborate system of checks and balances which scatters power throughout government Egalitarianism of the American Revolution is most clearly seen in the Declaration of Independence We hold these truths to
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