We the people, the casual phrase that begins the American
Constitution sums up the true social change that was brought about by
the American revolution. With the revolution, America broke away from
the British Empire, and adopted a government based on a democratic
theory that all governments derive their just powers form the consent
of the governed. This was indeed a revolutionary and historic act.
At that time, all large, long lasting governments derived their power
from its Monarch. The power of the British government lay
unquestioning in the kings sovereignty. The American Revolution
created a large, successful republic. Reformers and advocates of
political change have since looked on its success as an inspiration
for the creation of modern republican movements all around the world.
There were political groups in early America who wanted power to
remain in the hands of the aristocracy; which would have been no
significant change from the old British system. However, the
democratic nature of the revolution included a call for
anti-aristocratic reforms. While the American Constitution did leave
out several classes of people, it was the first attempt to document
the innate equal rights of all citizens. It went a long way towards
securing those rights, and through time it has proven to have staying
power as well as he ability to mature and expand the rights to more
classes of people. So, the American Revolution was indeed a social
revolution that brought about the recognition and protection of the
inalienable rights of all persons.
Here are some articles that you might be interested in reading.
American Revolution: a revolution?
Liberty! The American Revolution
The Founding Fathers: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention
A Hypertext On American History
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