Finally, the last and important reason, America might not have won without the leadership of George Washington. He was honest, brave, and sure that the Americans could win. He never gave up hope that he would reach that goal. • Also, Thomas Paine’s Pamphlet, “Common Sense” helped the colonies to fight for independence and its influence was tremendous and was read everywhere with enthusiastic approach. • Even John Adams, who came to despise Paine’s radicalism and popularity, conceded: “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.” The effects of war:- • One of the earliest changes that started to occur in the society was egalitarianism, which is the belief in the equality of all people. During the Revolutionary War, wealthy military men had respected and joined forces with poverty stricken men who were also fighting for the Colonists cause. • After the war, the thought that no matter what your financial background was, but how hard you worked, was beginning to be more popular. However, a consistent fact is that slaves and Native Americans were still looked upon to be property respectively. • Although the slave trade itself was banned and in the northern states, slavery was abolished, it did not completely remove slavery and make them considered as a "real person." • The North continued to look down upon Slavery while the South didn’t change their stance at all. But after the Revolutionary War, the North had begun to free slaves by the thousands. About 20,000 slaves were freed following the war. • Prior to the War, women had no rights except to raise families, but they did gain little rights afterwards. Women gained the power to be able to divorce their husbands if they chose to, something they never could’ve done before. • However, this power was only available in certain colonies and the woman would lose most of her property to the man. During the war, some women were actually fighting alongside the men and some women were helping the soldiers to regain their health. • This caused ideas about women to change following the war, even though they only gained some rights this would help them in the future. • As a result of the American Revolution, the Continental Congress found it extremely difficult to pay the colonialist troops. They had to resort to selling bonds to other governments such as France to be able to pay their troops. The Congress began to print paper money which they called Continentals. However when the paper money became too common, the cost of it sunk and inflation began to occur.
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