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  • 0:04 The American Revolution
  • 0:28 The End of the War
  • 1:02 Positive Effects of the War
  • 2:05 Negative Effects of the War
  • 2:45 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Kristin Pia Hayman

Kristin taught for over 10 years in the elementary classroom. She holds a B.A. in Journalism as well as a Master's Degree in Elementary Education.

The American Revolution is an important part of history. This lesson will describe what happened when the American Revolution was over, including both the positive and negative effects of the Revolutionary War.

The American Revolution

The American Revolution was a time when the colonists living in America fought against the British for independence. For many years, the American colonies were controlled by the British, but the colonists eventually decided to fight for their freedom and to make their own government. So, from 1775 to 1783, a war took place, and this long conflict is known as the Revolutionary War.

The End of the War

When the war finally ended, the Americans had won, but the British military continued to fight. Several important Americans, including Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, met with the British government to try and come to an agreement. And in 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed. A treaty is a formal agreement made between countries, usually to end a war.

In the Treaty of Paris, the British agreed to recognize America as its own country. In return, the Americans agreed to pay back the money owed to Britain from before the war. This treaty ended the war for good, and the Americans got to work creating their new country!

Positive Effects of the War

The Americans had finally achieved freedom! The 13 colonies had become independent from Britain, but now what? There was a short period of time where the newly independent people of America didn't really know what to do. After all, how do you build a new country?

They decided to write the Articles of Confederation, a document outlining some important rules for the colonies. However, after a few years, it became obvious that they needed fairer and more detailed rules. So, important men from each colony got together in Philadelphia and wrote the United States Constitution, which is the document that is the basis of the American government even today--it's one positive effect that has thrived since it went into effect in 1789.

Another effect of the war was that it changed some people's attitudes about rights and freedom. Because the Americans had rebelled, or fought against, a powerful enemy, the spirit of the revolution meant independence to them. Slavery, women's rights, and religious freedom would continue to be limited for the next hundred years or so, but new attitudes about these things began to develop.

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