I was born twice; first, in a shivery night in the streets of Britain as a loyalist and who was devoted to the royals; and then again, in the colonies as a patriot who sought independence from the unjust acts of the royals. Moving to the colonies was the best decision I made my entire life. During my life in the colonies, I was able to experience how one colossal branch of a potent country in Europe became another greater independent country.
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Continuity and Change:
A lot of political institutions changed significantly like the colonies becoming 1 nation with a constitution instead of 13 colonies, ruled by a 3 branch government instead of a hereditary monarchy, Direct Representation instead of Virtual Representation, implementation of natural rights and bill of rights instead of the rights of Englishmen, and the reduction of property and religious requirements for voting. The 3 branch government consists of an executive government(President and other workers), Legislative government(Senate and House of Representatives), and Judicial(Supreme Court and lower courts). This type of government was methodical as it didn’t allocate total power to one group or organization. Direct Representation is a form of representative democracy where voters can vote for any candidate in the land, whereas Virtual Representation was a form of monarch rule where the members of the Parliament had reserved rights to speak for the interests of all British subjects. Direct Representation allowed everybody’s opinions to be heard, whereas Virtual Representation didn’t. Natural rights endorsed life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and the Bill of Rights supported civil rights and freedom to the individual. The rights of Englishmen had more limits and kept the monarch in power. Without the Rights of Englishmen, colonists were genuinely able to endure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. All British citizens during the revolution had to be a part of the Church of England, a Roman Catholic Church. Colonists before and after the revolution opposed religion.
The Social Structures somewhat stayed the same with the existence of enslavement of men and women for labor in the fields, the North being relatively egalitarian with minor poverty and slavery while in the South, white people were still superior, and servants remained. However, after the revolution, slavery and white superiority started to diminish.
The gender roles somewhat changed and stayed the same as white men farmed and did heavy labor and white women, who had no political or legal identity apart from their husbands and the right to possess property and vote, maintained home and cared for children. However, women’s rights dilated as their contributions to the revolution was cognized; the daughters of liberty, an erudite society of women representing republican motherhood and instilled civic virtue in their sons, helped protest the Stamp Act and Townshend Acts through aiding the Sons of Liberty in boycotts and non-importation movements before the outbreak of the Revolutionary war.