American Revolution

In June of 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify, or vote its approval. This guaranteed that the new Constitution would go into effect. By 1790, all thirteen states had ratified the Constitution (Bowen, 1986). The wise leadership of George Washington helped strengthen the new nation’s central government. A hero of the American Revolution, Washington became the first President of the United States in 1789. Washington was popular and greatly respected throughout the new republic.

A firm supporter of national unity, he proved to be as able a leader in peacetime as he had been in war (Bowen, 1986). With much detail on the process and the people involved, it points out that with the ratification of the Constitution and the adoption of the Bill of Rights, the success of the American nation was assured. Americans had won their independence and, equally important, they had created a lasting government of their own. The founders of the nation constructed a government that has met the test of time and upheld high standards of individual liberty.

Their success inspired people around the world to work toward the establishment of liberty in their own countries. With the ratification, Americans cannot deny the fact that in our political experiences, the successive change in political leadership led to anything but an improvement in the lives of the people. It had improved education and had built housing, schools, roads, and railways. Such improvements had helped revitalize the South’s economy (Middlekauff, 1982). Indeed, the American polity is the most influential political event in world history.

The American Revolution significantly affected the Americans and the British. The triumph of the colonists paved the way for the growth and development of democratic ideals and processes. It provided for the actualization of the ideals and principles of such political thinkers as John Locke, Rousseau, and many others. The achievement of independence, adoption of the Constitution, and the creation of the republic served as lessons to other people in their struggle to build their nation (Bowen, 1986).

The success of the federal republic proved that individual states could be united under a central government but still free to act in order to solve their internal problems.


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