ThesisThe American war for independence, unlike the French Revolution, did not destroy a titled aristocracy but did have a significant social impact on certain population groups. Among those changed socially by the revolution are the loyalists, women, African Americans and the native Americans. I. LoyalistsA-estimated 1/5 to 1/3 of the populationB-included Anglican clergymen, religious minorities, government officials, and some wealthy merchantsC-at wars end some loyalists property was seized by the patriots and many loyalists were forced to evacuate the coloniesD-result was a social leveling out of this groupII.
WomenA-although they failed to attain the status of equality that the war was fought for these women including Abigail Adams challenged the female inequalityB-wives often followed troops or were even engaged in combat(rare)C-in the absence of men women were forced to take over many jobs that men would have ordinarily held such as a secretary or even work on the farmIII. African AmericansA-slaves and free alike came out of the revolution with almost nothing. The revolution was fought for freedom for all but slavery continued. B-About 5000 blacks served in the army and navy and were involved in every major battle. C-Fear of possible slave revolts inhibited use of blacks in southD-However they were gradually freed in the northern and middle statesIV. Native AmericansA-the protection that the British gave them with the proclamation line of 1763 ended with the revolution now white men were free to move in and take whatever they pleased.Order now