PART1: American Revolution War and Abolitionism of Slavery
Fromthe first Video (Week 1 Folder), theAmerican Revolution refers to the last half of the 18thcentury where the 13 colonies that became the United States ofAmerica gained independence from British. During this era thesecolonies rebelled against British colony and entered the AmericanRevolutionary War between 1775 and 1783 culminating to theAmerican Declarationof Independence in1776, and the battlefield victory in 1781 (Markand John pp 126-137).
Thewar revolution included many social and broad intellectual shiftsthat begun in early American society, for instance the new republicanideals that controlled the American population. While some stateshaving sharp political debates breaking out due to the roleof democracy inthe federal government. The Americans shifted to republicanism andlater expanded the democracy, leading to upheaval on traditionalsocial hierarchy, and paved way for the establishment of ethic thatestablished the inner core of the American political values (TheNew York Public Library par).
In1831, William Lloyd Garrison published the Liberator,which was an abolitionist newspaper to abolish and slavery and seekequality for the African Americans. The following quote was said byGarrison "I will not equivocate," "and I will beheard”. This paved way for the new emerging market system with freelabor, and abolition movement appearance (Pavao,par).
Afterthe evolutionary war, religion was the cornerstone for theabolitionism.David Brion Davis argued in Slaveryand Human Progress (1984),that religious thinkers always expanded the struggle of antislaveryin Anglo-American culture. He wrote, “In the 1760s, black slaverywas sanctioned by Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian, andreformed churchmen and theologians," . Quakers petioned thefirst initiative sustained abolitionist in this Revolutionary era andthe second Great Awakening, evangelists advanced the antislavery inthe early 1800s (Frassett,par).
Lastly,written appeals of the people like Margaret Chandler, David Walker,and William Lloyd Garrison indicated that print culture was valuableand viable means for attacking racism. Black activists as gave firmfoundation for the new abolitionism, the black Americans emphasizedon the new technology which had impact on the evolving abolitionistmovement.
Concerningthe section above the pain of being slaved was heartfelt my affectedpeople and I believe that they really struggled to avert moresuffering. This may have been to find avenues of escaping from themasters they owned them, marring the whites, forming black unions andeven uniting and coming up with the petitions. It was during theindependence that I believe the new America realized it’s the newbeginning and there is no need to demean other fellow man despite theraces. It’s written that each state had its own constitution and asa result it did not bring out the unity. So the unions of the statesto form United States Of America was actually a great step till todate after the revolution since all the states fight together andremains relevant in the world even though Britain has not been happyof this.
Afterthe revolution the Americans did not mind about abolishing slaveryand calling for unity but was only focusing on bringing the coloniestogether. From this I believe that it was bitter and regretful forsome Americans for having initiated slavery since they begunrealizing that this unique people would begin to possess some oftheir resources like land, jobs and others. Hence, they coldshouldered the abolition of slavery and calling for unity. The AfricaAmericans later held slave petitions bravely and their voices wereheard.I believe since that point till today the America changed asa result of banning of slavery and it is this that has built theAmerica since it tries to win everything it comes along or win allodds.
Theslavery is a remorseful thing ever in the history and its petitionsor banning demonstrate how people with little chances in life, orpeople who are demeaned, or people who are considered good fornothing can actually come out wholeheartedly and express theirgrievances and be heard. It demonstrates that we are all God’speople and He created every person on the globe according to hisimage.
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Videos:Roadto Revolution, 35 minsNew Republic, 35 mins. (Week 1 Folder)
E-bookChapter 1, pages 126-137 (The American Revolution) Chapter 2, pages147-193 (starting with National Government under the Articles ofConfederation)
Documents:Documents (in E-book Chapter 9/ Chapter Resources): Of the Servantsand Slaves in Virginia (1705)
VirginiaLaw on Indentured Servitude (1705)
Documents(in E-book Chapter 2/ Chapter Resources): Petititon of "A GrateNumber of Blackes" (1774)
Declarationof Independence (1776)
SlavePetition to the House of Representatives (1777)
SlavePetition to the General Assembly in Connecticut (1779)