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To what extent did the American Revolution fundamentally change American society?

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October 02, 2009 4:16AM

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.

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