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American and French Revolutions

The conclusion to this project will answer the following question: "What do the American and French Revolutions teach us about how people and groups gain, use and lose power?"

The American and French Revolutions taught us quite a frew things about how people or groups gain, lose and use power in different environments and conditions.

The American Revolution was sparked by how King George was using his power on the colonies. King George was taxing the colonies and then oppressing them greatly when the colonies chose to withstand King George's harsh ways. Due to King George's harsh punishments and oppressiveness against the colonies they revolted. The colonies did everything in their power to reason with Britain and try to come to some compromise. Britain just would not listen to what the colonies had to say. So the colonies took action against Britain and as a result of that action Briatin lost its power over the colonies. As a result of Briatins losing its power over the colonies, the colonies gained power over themselves. They used this power to theird advantage by creating rules and a government more suitable for them.

The French Revolution was about some different things then the American Revolution, even though it was handled differently the outcome as pretty much the same for both American and France in their revolutions.

The French Revolution started mainly because of France's lack of ability to feed its population, andby the outrageous unchecked government spending. All of this spending plus previous wars caused France to tax its population in order to still run its government. This imporoper and oppressive use of government caused the people of France to rise up against their rulers and the aristocracy and do something about being mistreated. The people of France only wanted their government to think about what it was doing and look out for its people. The government did not chance so the people of France took more actions killing King Louis and Marie Antoinette. After the killings of the King and Queen power was still not in the right hands. The people took action against this governement too. Napolean came to power and he was accepted for a while until he started losing wars. The people of France exilled Napolean and finally took over themselves creating their own government and using the power for their own good.

Even though the American and French Revolutions played out differently and ended with America as a new country and France only with a new government, they still teach the same things. These two revolutions taught us that the people and rulers of a nation play off of eachother greatly, and when one is unhappy they will take actions to fix this unhappieness. This is how things have worked throughtout all of time. People and groups take actions against the things that they do not like, and this is just what the people of the French and American Revolutions did. They took control and used this control to their benefit.

*19 American Revolution: The Effects
*20 Effects of the French Revolution
*21 Ellis and Esler
*22 McGuire