H. Laws about fugitive slaves and indentured servants I.1788, James Madison “The Federalist”: Government: govern the people; govern itself J. Women’s rights Political: BCEI Social: ADGHJ Economic:FG Long since the American Revolution had taken place, the American society was thoroughly influenced in different aspects, mainly politically, socially and economically. Nearly every aspect of American life was somehow touched by the revolutionary spirit. From slavery to women’s rights, from religious life to political life, American attitudes were forever changed.
The most apparent influence of the American Revolution is that it caused the relationship between Britain and American forever broken. The theory of nationalism thus emerged as a result in every American’s mind, and thus drove them to realize a brand-new thought that was totally different from the constitutional monarchy in Britain—-republicanism. Just as was said in the Philadelphia Packet in 1779, “Instantly banish every Tory from among you”, “Drive far from you every baneful wretch who wishes to see you fettered with the chains of tyranny.
Send them to the island of Britain. ” It is not hard to imagine how radically the Americans were thinking about getting rid of the crown for good. Furthermore, the change in the way of thinking had also influenced the social standards in the American society. One of these new beliefs that occur is egalitarianism, which is the belief in the equality of people. During the Revolutionary War, wealhy military men had respected and joined forces with pverty sticken men who were also fighting for the colonist’s cause.
After the war, the thought that no matter what your financial background was, but how hard you worked, was beginning to be more popular. However, a consistent fact is that slaves and native Americans were still looked upon to be property and savages, respectively. According to Article 6th of the Ordinance of 1787, “from whom labor or service is lawfully claimed in any one of the original states, such fugitive may be lawfully reclaimed and conveyed to the person claiming his or her labor or service as aforesaid.
The social identity of slaves had not ungraded a bit even after the American Revolution, and so the issue of slavery had been avoided by both the North and the South on purpose, hoping to stick the issue to the status quo. Consequently, this would become one of the main reasons that triggered the Civil War few decades later. As for women, prior to the War they had no rights except to raise families, but they did gain little rights afterwards. Women gained the power to be able to divorce their husbands if they chosen to, something they never couldn’t have imagined before.
Moreover, independent thinking occurred among some women, especially those well-educated ones. “No one will pretend to deny that we should be taught to read in the best manner. And if to be taught, why not to speak? ”, quoting Molly Wallace, in the valedictory address for Young Ladies’ Academy of Philadelphia in 1792. The eagerness to express independent views and gain equal rights and opportunities with men drove women to higher education and broader way of thinking the new American society.