Independence Essay

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Benjamin Banneker (58-61) Context: Declaration of Independence states “All men are created equal and entitled to certain rights”, however, slavery was legal in all the colonies . Thesis: Benjamin Banneker sent Thomas Jefferson a copy of his almanac . He also sent him a letter which focuses on his demands of abolition of slavery . Perspective: Benjamin Banneker was a child of freed slave. Audience: The letter was sent to Thomas Jefferson as a principal author of the Declaration of Independence. Significance: The letter focused on to end slavery . Source Analysis: The letter analysis the inhuman condition in which slaves were living . Benjamin Banneker claimed for liberal attitude towards black slaves. Knowles Riot (69-72) Context : British Navy forced and drafted seamen into naval service . Sailors, blacks and whites, mounted a riot against impressment. Thesis: William Shirley , governor of Massachusetts , wrote a letter to the Lords of Trade in England. In this letter , Shirley gave to the Lords an account about the riot. Perspective: William Shirley who was governor of Massachusetts . Audience: The letter was sent to the Lords of Trade in England. Significance: Through this letter we can realize how unhappy were the people in the colonies about the drafting , and at the same time we see how people reacted against this kind of injustices. Source Analysis: This riot was a pre-revolutionary incident that shows us that many people was not satisfied with English authorities in the colonies, and they were willing to rise against oppression . Felix Slave Petition (54-55) Context: In the province of the Massachusetts Bay , this petition was written by an slave named Felix to his excellence Thomas Hutchinson who was the governor. Thesis: The letter focuses in requesting freedom for the negro population

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