What were the effects of the American Revolution?

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The American Revolution, also known as the War of Independence took place between 1765 and 1783 and resulted in America gaining independence from the British crown. On September 3, 1783, the Americans and British signed the Treaty of Paris that officially ended the conflict.

The first major consequence of the war was the writing and implementation of state constitutions. The most important, and democratic, constitution at this time was the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776, which developed their own central parliament, had a collective leadership and gave any male the right to vote. The State of Virginia Constitution included a bill that somewhat restricted the authority of the government and protected the rights of the individual. More constitutions followed and all with the basic premise that the people and not the king or queen was the highest authority.

The end of the American Revolution affected the economy in a hugely positive way. Previously the British had limited trading and...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on November 14, 2019