Abolition Of Slavery In The Revolutionary War

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In the revolutionary war slaves and their masters played an important role, which led towards the abolishment of slavery. After years, full of several tensions between the United States and Britain tensions erupted in the war of independence in February 1775, which would last till September 1783 (Conway,1). While the Americans fought for their freedom, the Slaves fought for their freedom as well. “African Americans fought a revolution within a revolution,” as Nash writes about the fight of the slaves. (266). The number of articles about the abolitions of slavery shows the change in the fight for abolition of slavery. Before the revolutionary war only a few articles were about the abolition of slavery. One of the most influential articles was from Thomas Paine, he writes “That some desperate wretches should be willing to steal and enslave men by violence and murder for gain, is rather lamentable than strange.” With this sentence Paine shows how he does not understand the need for slavery. Even though there was already being spoken about the abolition of slavery, there were only a few articles about it before, while after the war there is an increase in the number of articles, showing that there is an increase in the fight for abolition of slavery after the war. The opportunities that the slaves had for freedom created these changes. The slaves had several options for freedom, one of them was fighting for the British, the other was fighting for the United States (Nash). While

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