The American Revolution ushered in an age of democratic revolutions. Unlike many later revolutions, America's war did not lead to unbridled violence and dictatorship but to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and the peaceful transfer of political power between parties in 1801. Cooperation and compromise distinguish the creation of the United States from more violent revolutions. Despite great uncertainties America's founders pressed forward to independence and the creation of a federal republic. The Declaration of Independence became a lasting beacon for those seeking justice, human dignity, and self-government throughout the world.