The patriots had various reasons for seeking independence in the fateful years of 1775-1783. These reasons did not materialize instantly but can be traced back to decades earlier. Two revolutionary impulses existed: independence from Britain’s tyrannous rule and the desire to democratize a failing American society and government. Before the French and Indian War, the objective of the British was to regulate trade and in general influence the colonial government. However, Britain achieved these aims in a limited way and did not over-manage the colonies.
The practice of slavery was common during the American Revolution, but was mostly practiced in the south. But during the revolution, American revolutionaries thought about the morals of slavery, but were unable to change much at this time. However, slavery was able to be banned in the Northwest Territories, where it wasn’t too important to that region’s economy. Although the revolution was not directly able to ban slavery, it showed the issue and allowed future generations to solve
Paying off debuts of the revolution became a choice that most states opted out on because their was no force behind the request. This created the daunting task of forming a government that had power to enforce laws without creating a system of government such as parliament, creating a country where the people had a say in how laws and regulations were created and displayed. When George Washington created his presidential cabinet he choose two men who were far apart from seeing eye to eye. These two men being Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. Alexander Hamilton did not believe a democratic government and was stated “It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government.
Emancipation Proclamation The Emancipation Proclamation The Emancipation of slaves defined a profound moment in history. It was not the end but the beginning for all African Americans. However, this well thought out plan did not free slaves, but it was a great place to start. Abraham Lincoln who is known as the great emancipator knew that he wanted to save the union, but in doing so he had to find a way to end slavery which is the farthest from what he really wanted to do. Looking back at the time before Lincoln was even president it was known that he had many other ideas when it came to African Americans.
But if we think about it, without the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act, things might have never of changed. African Americans could still be treated like slaves and not treated like human beings. America would still be a very segregated place. Freedom Summer was a very dark time in American history but all in all, America has turned out pretty good. It’s no doubt that America was not the most favorable place during this time period for most, if not all African Americans.
The failure of a common goal between African-American leaders did not help solve these issues, but it was not the main problem facing blacks and was not the most important factor preventing advancement of civil rights. Leaders like Booker T. Washington and W.E.B du Bois did have ideas about how to improve conditions for African Americans, but none of their ideas would have worked due to factors such as the lack of ambition from the Presidents during this period and how people in the South still were intolerant of blacks. The leadership towards equality was divided however, and at that time, it did make the idea of equality seem even more unreachable. The main example of division between the African-American leaders is with Booker T. Washington and W.E.B du Bois. They were both educated black men but came from very different social backgrounds.
This religious association doesn’t stem necessarily from the fact that these were royal colonies because England was ignoring what was going on in these colonies at the time, and they were simply built and operated for business purposes. All of these colonies were established to produce and export cultivation such as rice and tobacco in Virginia and the Carolinas. People who came to these colonies were mainstream Anglican indentured servants who did not come to the new world for religion, but simply for the land and/or money. North Carolina was the product of the split in the earlier colony of Carolina. South Carolina was much more profitable colony while North Carolina was rarely noticed by the crown.
How far do you agree that the impact of WW2 was the reason why the position of black Americans improved 1945-55? WW2 changed the civil rights for black Americans extremely quickly with many black Americans fighting in the war. This lead too many people actually respecting black Americans and helped them gain rights. With 1.2 million black Americans fighting for America against the fascists of Germany they realised that even though they were fighting for equality they didn’t even have this in their own country. This therefore questioned the double V campaign as it was supposed to be a victory at home as well as at war but without equality then this would not be possible.
When America was going to war with Britain no one thought America would win. In Common Sense written by Thomas Paine America was being judged by its size. They did not think America could win because America is much smaller than Britain. America might have been small, but with the determination of freedom they shocked many people who did not believe in them. Way back then, people could not measure the possibility of colonies taking on the world’s largest empire.
US industry grew very quickly, due to the protection provided by the highest tariffs in the world. Because of this, the Northern capitalist class was a very strong supporter of tariffs. But the big Southern landowners had always opposed tariffs, because they had no industry, and their agriculture-based economy required the export of cheap agricultural products to Europe, and the importing of cheap equipment and inputs from Europe. Northern capitalists thus supported the Southern antiracists because the Southern antiracists were the enemies of the anti-tariff big Southern landowners, and were creating a political movement that was not under their control. If blacks could vote, and could thus prevent the reassertion of big Southern landowner power, which had always been the real force behind Southern racist politics, this would help to protect the tariff from the Southern landowners and their political forces.