American Revolution

The American Revolution was not Revoutionary because I believe that it was more than just the Revolution that change our country. The War for Independence took place between 1775 and 1783. There were many changes, both socially and in legistlation, but not intill 1860 to 1877. The American Revolution was not Revolutionary because All men were not created equal, Whitemen held power, and Poverty Among the People. On July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was written and it stated that "All men are created equal, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. " The Declaration of Independece served two purposes at the time, it set for the proper function of government and the causes of separation from the King of England. I believe that the Declaration wasn't towards everyone. In Document 9, the "Utmost Good Faith" clause from the Northwest Ordiance in 1787 was written that the Native American land won't be taken from them unless they rebel the Government. Document 10 proves document 9 false because In 1790, three Seneca Indian leaders wrote a letter to George Washington saying that their land was taken away without a consent, that they were force to give up their land and shouldn't have been because they have been on the land for quite some time. The second reason for why it wasn't Revolutionary is because Whitemen held power. In Document 5, the abolition of slavery was a dramatic change but slavery still occur after the Civil War. Every other states besides the 13th colonies still had slaves around. The south were force to give up slave and the federal goverment in Northwest ordinate did not want slaves. Document 6 is a speech written in 1819, 30 years after the Revolution was made by a young African - American who was valedictorian of his New York free school. The young man was wondering how he will use his knowledge and skills after graduating high school without being push away by the color of his skin. In his speech he said "No one will employ me; white boys won't work with me" and "White clerks won't associate with me. " He felt that his only option were normal labor services, which is not much different from slavery. Color was still an issue to the society. My final reason why I think the American Revolution was not Revolutionary is because of Poverty Among the People. In Document 4, the Economic status of the Representatives in six colonial state legislatures shows that in the North, the percentage for the wealthy before the Revolution was 36% and after the war, it dramatically drop to 12%. Then for the South, before the Revolution the percentage for the wealthy was 52% and dropped to 28%. Not as many wealthy people were in the legistlature after the war. This shows that many wealthy people became poor for ecnomic reasons and the aftermath of the American Revolution. It caused destruction of people's property and homes which made people loose money to retrieve any damage. At the end of it, the poor felt more equal to the rich. I believe that the American Revolution was not a Revolutionary because changes didn't occur till a decade later after the war. Things were being influence but it wasn't a jump to another. The American Revolution ended in Nassau Hall when the Treaty of Paris was ratified on September 3, 1783.