The Challenges of Independence

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A. American Revolution ends in 1783: Britain surrenders & America gained their independence.
So now that the Revolution has ended, this gives America an opportunity to run their government on Democracy.
B. 1st Constitution: Didn't work out; 2nd time around, the Constitution went into effect.
The Articles of Confederation was the first attempt at a constitution, however, it was not accepted by the states until 1781. The second time around, there was a debate held at the Constitutional Convention. This is where all the ideas and issues were put out to develop laws. Although the new government is formed as democratic, only a few groups in society were given rights.
C. Slavery still existed
Since the Haitian Revolution elaborated on freedom of Slavery, America did not want to have anything to do with Haiti. They believed that with the slave revolt, it would influence the slaves in America and they might revolt too. So, the Slave owners began to tighten their hold on their slaves for fear of an uprising.

A. Declaration of the Rights of ManThe "The Declaration of Rights of Man" is similar to the Declaration of Independence of America. It was used to keep the society stable in the aftermath of the Revolution. Some of the natural rights were " 'liberty, property, security, and resistance, to oppression.' " In addition, "the Declaration of Rights of Man also guaranteed free expression of ideas, equality before the law, and representative government" (Earth 532).B. French Revolution was ended by overthrow of the monar chy, execution of Louis XVI, &National Convention.Just like the American Revolution, the French wanted more of a democracy. In 1792, the Legislative Assembly imprisoned Louis XVI for his behavior and called for the National Convention. The National Convention is based off of all voted by men; with all new elected people, they convicted Louis XVI.C. Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon Bonaparte was brought to power in 1799, There was two basic rules that Napoleon set out his the beginning of the French Revolution: "eqaulity in law and protection of property." Although Napoleon demonstrated his abilities of protecting the French, the rights that were given were restricted.D. Woman did not have the basic political rights.When Napoleon restricted rights to individual, this mainly applied to the women.


1. Haiti gains Independence from France; 2nd Nation to gain Independence.
While the French Revolution was going on and French colonists were doing poorly in their government, it gave
slaves an
opportunity to pursue their interests. The revolt of slaves began the plantations. The rebellious slaves won and gained their independence, claiming to be the second nation is independent.
2. "Tens of thousands had died, and the economy was destroyed" (Earth 539).
Although, the freed slaves have gained their independence, but the price came to having the loss of many people and the economy was down.

05.jpgA. Creoles
How did it all start? Spanish started to set up colonies in Latin America and Creoles was not happy with Spanish rule. Enlightenment ideas started to spread rapidly and revolutions started in Latin America against Spain. The Spanish powers became weak and leaders like Simon Bolivar started to want Independence. Creoles where white people born in the new world and who thought they should be in control, not people from Spain. Simon Bolivar was one of them. Simon was an important figure in the Latin American Revolution and was the leader of the push for independence in Latin America. The war for Independence lasted for over two decades and was the bloodiest war in the history of Latin America. Many battles took place and a huge amount of people lost their lives. Latin America won its Independence in 1830 and began writing constitutions. People in the military got a ton of credibility and people wanted them to be in control. Works Cited
Bulliet, Richard al. The Earth and Its Peoples: a Global History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2009. 528-542. Print.
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Group members: Elizabeth Garcia, Mike Mendenhall, Nozomi Nakamura, Ismael Rodriguez, Jennifer Tran