American Revolution And Slavery

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American Revolution & Slavery | Progress for slavery in times of opposition | | "Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" -- Patrick Henry | The American Revolution was a rugged path walked by colonist with a deep yearning for freedom from the British Empire. The events & choices of British royalty forced drastic measures to accomplish freedom from one of the first forms of a dictatorship unwilling to compromise for the benefit of the people. The unfair practices of Great Britain included unfair taxation to extract more money from the colonies, the proclamation…show more content…
Lord Dunmore in an effort to gain more manpower promised freedom to all slaves fighting for the Rebels. The British then had over 800 slaves join British Forces. These concerns were spoken of with clear disagreement by one of our founding forefathers Thomas Jefferson who wrote in a draft of the Declaration of Independence about the King and slavery, Jefferson stated “he [the king of Britain] has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. this piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce: and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them; thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit…show more content…
The American Revolution had an impact on many major freedoms. Although the American Revolution did not abolish slavery for black or African Americans it was a starting point for what was to come. Slaves were emancipated as a result which was promising progress from when the British were in

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