Such presumption on the part of Parliament was not well received in the American colonies

Such presumption on the part of Parliament was not well received in the American colonies

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Such presumption on the part of Parliament was not well received in the American  colonies, and before long a few strains of dissent had smoldered into an outright  rebellion. The Revolutionary War was ultimately a success for the American rebels, but  only on the strength of overwhelming military aid provided by France. In fact, while the  Americans declared their independence in 1776, and officially established it in 1783,  they were essentially beholden to the larger European powers during the first several  decades of their existence as a sovereign nation.  Distrustful of a powerful central government, the United States originally organized  themselves according to a weak federal plan under the Articles of Confederation. This  approach was quickly shown to be inadequate, and a re-organization occurred under 
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Unformatted text preview: the Constitution, ratified in 1788. The first two Presidents, George Washington and John Adams, proceeded with an eye to consolidating federal power under a strong executive branch of government. Although Jefferson was the self-professed enemy of such nationalization, he did even more than his predecessors to cement the overriding power of the federal body as third President. Through the Louisiana Purchase and the Embargo Act, Jefferson unleashed an unprecedented fiscal and political reach, giving the federal government the unassailably strong position it enjoys even at present. But while United States continued to prosper in the wake of the War of 1812, trouble loomed in the clashes to come between abolitionists and large scale slave owners....
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