What are the social, economic, and political changes from post-American Revolution to the Civil War era, and what impact do they have on the start of the Civil War?
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Social, Economic, and Political Changes from the Post-American Revolution their Impacts on
the Civil War
The American Revolution was a colonial revolt that took place between 1765 and 1783,
whose aim was to gain independence from the British colonialists (Norton et al. 146). The war
was as a result of two laws that had been implemented by the British colonialist in controlling
the livelihood of the American people, including the slaves and the middle-class groups. The two
laws were: The Sugar Act; a law that made it expensive to export molasses from the non-British
and The Stamp Act which imposed new excise duties on America (Greene 95). America then felt
that it needed to govern itself, operated by its laws as opposed to those of their colonialists. The
American Revolution brought myriad political, social and economic consequences on the
Americans which in turn sparked the civil war which came some years after the end of the
revolution and to fights system that had been created from the revolution.
In the political sphere, Americans had anticipated a government that was different from
that of theorist, and when the Paris Treaty ended the war, Americans began forming their
government, which was intended to be democratic. Greene and Richon (p.5) asserts that among
the first political achievements was the ratification of the Articles of Confederation, a document
that advocated for a federal and state government although the document failed in attaining its
mandate as it did not have in it an Executive Branch and the federal government could not
collect taxes. The document erupted civil unrest in many areas as Americans saw the federal
government as weak as it could not suppress the many rebellions that had come up to oppose the
government. Another reason why the document was a failure to the Americans is that there was
no stability in government. The public unrest then resulted into the drafting of the constitution
which was more elaborate and brought in the concept of checks and balances as well as
establishing the three arms of government: The executive, the judiciary and the Congress.
From the constitution also came the first political parties, The Federalist and the nonfederalists whose primary difference was regarding the treatment of minorities. To the
federalists, the primary issue was the treatment of the minority groups, particularly slaves. The
Federalists, however, supported slavery and fought the struggles to abolish it. The divide