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Whitehouse 1 Anna Whitehouse Professor Pollard HST 103 10 November 2009 “What was revolutionary about political changes in the American colonies, France and Spanish America?” A revolution is defined as “a circuit around a central axis, ending at the point from whence the motion began (Dunn, 219).” For some this rang true, the United States fought for the same freedoms their oppressors enjoyed, while others sought the complete abolition of their current government. As the mercantilist system, hereditary social order, and absolutist kings failed the thriving New World colonies independence seemed an obtainable solution. Susan Dunn argues in her chapter “Sister Revolutions: America and France” from the book The Atlantic World in the Age of Empire that the French and American Revolutions were intertwined and codependent upon one another. Whereas Central and South American Revolutions were fragmented, some violent others peaceful, according to Jaime E. Rodriguez O, author of “The Spanish and Spanish American Revolutions” also a chapter from The Atlantic World in the Age of Empire . Though the United States, France, Central and South Americas each revolted for different reasons and in different ways, the late 1700s and early 1800s was the first time in history the middle class had the opportunity, with enlightenment as a guide, to come to power,
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