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The American Revolution was the political upheaval during thelast half of the 18th century in which the Thirteen Colonies among thepossessions in North America of the Kingdom of Great Britain at firstrejected the governance of the Parliament of Great Britain, and laterthe British monarchy itself, to become the sovereign United States ofAmerica. In this period the colonies first rejected the authority ofthe Parliament to govern them without representation, expelled allroyal officials and set up thirteen Provincial Congresses or equivalentto form individual self-governing states. Through representatives sentto the Second Continental Congress, they originally joined together todefend their respective self-governance and manage the armed conflictagainst the British known as the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783,also American War of Independence). The states ultimately determinedcollectively that the British monarchy, by acts of tyranny, could nolonger legitimately claim their allegiance. They then united to formone nation, breaking away from the British Empire in July 1776 when theCongress issued the Declaration of Independence, rejecting the monarchyon behalf of the United States of America. The war ended with effectiveAmerican victory in October 1781, followed by formal Britishabandonment of any claims to the United States with the Treaty of Parisin 1783.

The American Revolution commenced a series ofintellectual, political, and social shifts in early American societyand government. The development of republicanism in the United Stateswas particularly significant, including installation of arepresentative government responsible to the will of the people, thusrejecting the prevalent plutocracies of the inherited aristocracies inEurope at the time. However, sharp political debates broke out over thelevel of democracy desirable in the new government, with a number ofFounders fearing mob rule.

The basic issues of nationalgovernance were settled with the unanimous ratification in 1788 of theConstitution of the United States (written in 1787), which replaced therelatively weak Articles of Confederation (ratified 1781) that framedthe first attempt at a national government. In contrast to the looseconfederation, the Constitution established a relatively powerfulfederated government. The United States Bill of Rights (1791),comprising the first 10 constitutional amendments, quickly followed. Itguaranteed many natural rights that were so influential in justifyingthe revolution, attempting to balance a strong national government withrelatively broad personal liberties. The American shift torepublicanism, and the gradually increasing democracy, caused anupheaval of the traditional social hierarchy, and created the ethicthat has formed a core of political values in the United States. 

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