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PROJECT: IMPACT OF AMERICAN AND FRENCH REVOLUTIONSRevolution can be contagious. When people from one country see people in another country successfully overthrow an oppressive government, they can be inspired to do the same. The American and French Revolutions did just that.The American Revolution was a case of a New World colony overthrowing its Old World colonial rule. It was more like a civil war, with a good part of its population loyal to and fighting for Britain. The result, different from England’s Glorious Revolution, was that a brand new country was formed out of the fragmented colonies, one that was not ruled by a monarch, but rather by a document – the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights.Similarly, the French Revolution gained momentum after Louis XIV refused to sign the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. What was in these documents that inspired revolution both in their own countries and around the world?OBJECTIVESDiscuss the similarities and differences among the French, American, and Spanish colonial revolutions.
Trace the influence of the American and French revolutions on South American revolutionaries, such as Simón Bolívar.
Identify the influence of revolutionary documents the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen on South American revolutions.
Before You BeginThink about the French and American revolutions, how they developed, and what the people wanted. Think about the documents that guided these revolutions, the Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Think about how these documents, along with the U.S. Constitution and the revolutions themselves, would have inspired Simón Bolívar and his fellow Latin and South Americans in light of Spanish colonial rule.DirectionsThe Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen are all powerful documents. In an essay, analyze how each of these documents and the revolution it inspired influenced revolutions and revolutionaries, including Simón Bolívar and at least one or two of his fellow revolutionaries. Take special note of the impact of the political and legal ideas contained in the documents mentioned. Where possible, compare them to the Declaration of Independence of Venezuela.PromptUse the project information, Internet, newspapers, and books from the library to learn about the main figures in the Latin and Spanish American Revolutions and the way the three documents mentioned above shaped their thinking, their actions, and the revolutionary movements they were a part of. After your research, create an outline, then make each argument clearly and thoroughly, using evidence (especially documentary) for each point. Make certain you use proper compositional style, spelling, punctuation, etc.Click here to review the language of the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence.