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French and American Revolutions Compared

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Introduction

´╗┐WHICH REVOLUTION IS BETTER ? In order to answer this question, we need to look at the backgrounds, the aim and the result of each revolution. Then, we?ll have to see what they have in common and what are different. After that, we might be able to answer the question. A revolution?s objective is to be able to get a better life afterwards. The best revolution would be one that achieves its goal with the minimal violence as possible. The American Revolution (1775-1783) started in 1775. However, it is important to know that Britain and America were not on good terms for a long time. For example, the Stamp Act passed in 1765 by the British parliament, that Americans didn?t pay.? NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION? was the reason why they didn?t pay. They wanted someone to defend their rights in the British Parliament. At this point, the king of England was furious because of the Americans? behaviour. After that, in 1767, Townshend imposed duties on goods entering American ports. To guarantee to safety of the people collecting these taxes, some extra troops had been sent to America. However, a group of extremists decided to make life as difficult as possible for these soldiers. ...read more.

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Some Northern states banned slavery outright, and some provided for the gradual end of slavery. Before any meaningful reform could happen, people needed to recognize that the economic benefit was overshadowed by the immorality, and inhumanity of slavery. Women's role in society was also altered by the American Revolution. Women who ran households in the absence of men became more respected. Abigail adams, became an early advocate of women's rights when she prompted her husband to "REMEMBER THE LADIES" when drawing up a new government. Some ministers, particularly in Puritan Massachusetts, stressed the superiority of men. Enlightened thinkers rejected this idea and knew that a republic could only be successful if its citizens were virtuous and educated. Who were the primary caretakers of American children? American women. If the republic were to succeed, women must be educated so they could teach their children. The first American female academies were founded in the 1790s. This idea of an educated woman became known as "REPUBLICAN MOTHERHOOD." As in the case of the abolition of slavery, changes for women would not come overnight. But the American Revolution ignited these changes. Education and respect would lead to the emergence of a powerful middle class of women. ...read more.

Conclusion

The French government didn?t have anymore money (spent more than what they earnt and because of the military support provided to the Americans during the American Revolution) and the tax systems were not very effective. At his point, the french (except the nobles) are very unhappy and the government is having a lot of trouble getting money. The majority of french people wanteda constitutionnal monarchy and the privileges abolition. They never wanted all the violence that happened afterwards for example the Hundreds of people killed at la Bastille or during the TERROR period when 18000 people get killed. I think the American revolution was the best one because it provided the americans a enjoyable future once everything was over. More people are killed, but the victory brought soo many social and political improvements like the separated powers, the blak people?s situations? Some improvements may be felt later like the women status in the society. As a conclusion, even if the American Revolution resulted in more casualties, (which seems normal to me because after all, there were several big armies that were fighting)it had provided Americans a lot of positive changes whereas in France, after the revolution, the life of most of the Citizen didn?t change and moreover, there were terrifying and unstable periods such as the REIGN OF TERROR. ...read more.

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