What are the legacies of the American Revolution?

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Some of the obvious points include the separation of powers, Bill of Rights, property rights, and limited government. However, the American Revolution was arguably the consecration of the principles of the Enlightenment by way of force. The Founding Fathers and the documents they created (Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights,...

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Some of the obvious points include the separation of powers, Bill of Rights, property rights, and limited government. However, the American Revolution was arguably the consecration of the principles of the Enlightenment by way of force. The Founding Fathers and the documents they created (Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and Constitution) were products of the Enlightenment. Although the American Revolution was unique in forcing these issues to the forefront and putting them into effect through revolutionary means, the issues themselves were not unique to the American colonies, but were well established as ideals that had not been achieved.

But the real legacy of the American Revolution can be seen in the effect it had throughout the Americas and broader world. In North and South America, the American Revolution served as a model of independence. Likewise, the former colonies of Africa and Asia also looked on the American Revolution and its ideals as a model during decolonization. What's more, countless constitutions around the world have been modeled after the US Constitution. The Revolution's legacy therefore is probably seen best in the way it inspired other nations to build liberal, democratic governments.

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