The American Revolution was an event in history that took place during the 18th century: 1765-1783. Americans in the original thirteen colonies were angry with the harassment they received from Britain. Several offenses such as the Boston Massacre, and the intolerable acts (taxes that were imposed on the colonists without their consent.) led to the rise of the revolutionary movement. What angered the colonists the most was Britain refusing to grant the colonists the right to represent themselves in the British parliament, specifically in terms of taxes. Hence this popular term was coined: “No taxation without representation.” This ideology and slogan became the outcry of the revolution.
The American Revolution relates to social change because during this period the people of the thirteen colonies experienced an ideological social change that reshaped the structure of their government. The social agents in this case study are the people of America. The agency was their decision to fight the British for their independence. Before the revolution the thirteen colonies each had a representative government of their own with different laws and social norms. Each colonial region adhered to different cultural values and social customs. In the wake of the revolution there was doubt whether the colonist’s different social structures could come together to fight as one. But during the conflict the colonies changed their regional perspectives in exchange for the enlightenment ideals of individualism and democratic government. This ideological shift inside the colonies brought a social change. After the war, the colonies went from being several small representative governments, to existing as one democratic national government. Therefore the ideological change during the American Revolution brought about a new social structure for the colonists: a democratic national government.
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This blog-post was written by: Carlos Diaz.