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Unit 2: Absolutism and Revolution Portfolio In this unit, you examined the American and French Revolutions. The American Revolution, sparked by conflict over British rule and influenced by Enlightenment ideas, broke colonial ties with a monarchy and yielded a new nation. The French Revolution, inspired by the American Revolution as well as the Enlightenment, freed French citizens from an absolute monarchy and secured equality before the law for all male citizens. In your unit study, you explored the causes and effects, characteristics, as well as the consequences, of each of these revolutions. What did they have in common? How did they differ? For this portfolio, you will complete this document as you explore the similarities and differences between the French and American Revolutions. Part 1: Fill out the chart below with similarities and differences between the American and French Revolutions. Here are some topics you can consider while filling out the chart: • The causes for conflict • Leaders on each side of the conflict • Key documents that impacted or resulted from the conflict • The impact of the Enlightenment on each revolution • The result of the conflict American Revolution- 10 differences Similarities- 8 similarities between both Revolutions French Revolution- 10 differences Example: Led by George Washington Example: Both caused a change in the government. Example: Led by Napoleon Bonaparte 1. America wanted to be freed from the taxes and unfair rules of Britain. 1.Both revolutions had focus on liberty and equal rights. 1. France wanted to reconstruct a new government, so citizens have a say even the lower class.
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