Was the American Revolution a social revolution?

Thesis
The American war for independence, unlike the French Revolution, did not destroy a titled aristocracy but did have a significant social impact on certain population groups. Among those changed socially by the revolution are the loyalists, women, African Americans and the native Americans.


I. Loyalists
A-estimated 1/5 to 1/3 of the population
B-included Anglican clergymen, religious minorities, government officials, and some wealthy merchants
C-at wars end some loyalists property was seized by the patriots and many loyalists were forced to evacuate the colonies
D-result was a social leveling out of this group
II.Women
A-although they failed to attain the status of equality that the war was fought for these women including Abigail Adams challenged the female inequality
B-wives often followed troops or were even engaged in combat(rare)
C-in the absence of men women were forced to take over many jobs that men would have ordinarily held such as a secretary or even work on the farm
III.African Americans
A-slaves and free alike came out of the revolution with almost nothing. The revolution was fought for freedom for all but slavery continued.

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B-About 5000 blacks served in the army and navy and were involved in every major battle.


C-Fear of possible slave revolts inhibited use of blacks in south
D-However they were gradually freed in the northern and middle states
IV. Native Americans
A-the protection that the British gave them with the proclamation line of 1763 ended with the revolution now white men were free to move in and take whatever they pleased.

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