Ch. 2.4 Guided Notes The War Changes American Society New Ideas Republican ideals changed American government by allowing some citizens voting rights and granting greater freedom. When American leaders declared independence and founded the United States of America, they were very much aware that they were creating a . Americans believed that each state’s constitution should be written down in order to limit the government’s . John Adams argued for the following ideas regarding government: a system of “checks and balances” “mixed government”— bicameral legislature Many states also attached a to their constitutions. The Revolution led to an expansion of voting rights. The experience of fighting side by side with people from every and region increased America’s belief in equality. The Revolution also led to changes in the relationship between church and state. Governor Thomas Jefferson wrote the , passed in 1786.