Societal Impacts of the American Revolution Library of Congress Freedom of religion was an important issue for the colonists as the Anglican Church was seen as yet another vehicle of oppression by England.
In other words, these crises have their root in the most profound problems of the soul, from whence they spread to the whole personality of present-day man and all his activities.
We will study it especially as such. It also affects other peoples to the degree that Western influence has reached and taken root among them. In their case, the crisis is interwoven with problems peculiar to their respective cultures and civilizations and to the clash of these with the positive or negative elements of Western culture and civilization.
It Is Universal This crisis is universal. There is no people that is not affected by it to a greater or lesser degree.
It Is One This crisis is one. It is not a range of crises developing side by side, independently in each country, interrelated because of certain analogies of varying relevance.
When a fire breaks out in a forest, one cannot regard it as a thousand autonomous and parallel fires of a thousand trees in close proximity.
The unity of the phenomenon of combustion acts on the living unity that is the forest. Moreover, the great force of expansion of the flames results from the heat in which the innumerable flames of the different trees intermingle and multiply.
Indeed, everything helps to make the forest fire a single fact, totally encompassing the thousand partial fires, however different from one another in their accidents.
Western Christendom constituted a single whole that transcended the several Christian countries without absorbing them. A crisis occurred within this living unity, eventually affecting the whole through the combined and even fused heat of the ever more numerous local crises that across the centuries have never ceased to intertwine and augment one another.
Consequently, Christendom, as a family of officially Catholic states, has long ceased to exist. The Western and Christian peoples are mere remnants of it.
And now they are all agonizing under the action of this same evil. It Is Total In any given country, this crisis develops in such a profound level of problems that it spreads or unfolds, by the very order of things, in all powers of the soul, all fields of culture, and, in the end, all realms of human action.
It Is Dominant Considered superficially, the events of our days seem a chaotic and inextricable tangle. From many points of view, they are indeed.
However, one can discern profoundly consistent and vigorous resultants of this conjunction of so many disorderly forces when considering them from the standpoint of the great crisis we are analyzing.
Indeed, under the impulse of these forces in delirium, the Western nations are being gradually driven toward a state of affairs which is taking the same form in all of them and is diametrically opposed to Christian civilization. Thus, this crisis is like a queen whom all the forces of chaos serve as efficient and docile vassals.
It Is Processive This crisis is not a spectacular, isolated episode. It constitutes, on the contrary, a critical process already five centuries old.
It is a long chain of causes and effects that, having originated at a certain moment with great intensity in the deepest recesses of the soul and the culture of Western man, has been producing successive convulsions since the fifteenth century. The words of Pius XII about a subtle and mysterious enemy of the Church can fittingly be applied to this process: It is to be found everywhere and among everyone; it can be both violent and astute.
In these last centuries, it has attempted to disintegrate the intellectual, moral, and social unity in the mysterious organism of Christ.
It has sought nature without grace, reason without faith, freedom without authority, and, at times, authority without freedom. Christ yes; the Church no! God yes; Christ no!
Finally the impious shout:What effects did a revolution as big as this leave behind? How did it change the lives of the people living in the United States? One of the most significant results of the Industrial Revolution was the emergence of the middle class.
There was no replacement of the ruling class by workers' groups as in revolutionary Russia. How then could the American Revolution be described as radical? Nearly every aspect of American life was somehow touched by the revolutionary spirit.
From slavery to women's rights, from religious life to voting, American attitudes would be forever changed. For example, what remained of the Iroquois League in western New York was ruthlessly destroyed by American troops in the decades following the American Revolution.
Lesson Summary When Washington and French forces forced Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown, the fledgling nation's existence was secured - a victory with effects felt worldwide in the late eighteenth century.
American Zion, by Eran Shalev, is an exposition on the early-American belief that the new nation was a type of Israel and the ways this belief shaped American politics, mindsets, and actions. The American Revolution changed America, because it led to the establishment of an independent nation.
In addition, after the American Revolution began, several important documents were drafted, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. . In addition to the Revolution’s leaders, its older patriots would have recalled the Great Awakening and transferred their rebellious spirit against the clergy to the king.