To what extent did the American Revolution fundamentally change American society?
After the American Revolution ended, the United States were only
united by the Articles of Confederation. The Articles didn't give
Congress the power to tax the states, so the federal government was
just depending on "contributions" by the states. The U.S. had a
HUGE national debt and didn't have enough money to pay soldiers who
fought in the war, not to mention the countries like France who
helped the Americans fight the Revolution. Because of this, the
Federalists proposed ratifying the Constitution. When they ratified
it, along with the Bill of Rights, George Washington was
unanimously President of the United States. Later, Alexander
Hamilton established the Bank of the United States and encouraged
the federal government to pay back all debts owed plus all debts
incurred by each of the states. This united the states
economically, and the Washington adminstration stabilized the
economy and federal government.