American Revolution: Slavery And Liberty

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Onyekachi Ugonna Mr. Kaiser HIS.131.4104 17 March 2015 Slavery and liberty During the American Revolution, Liberty (gaining freedom) was one of the biggest purpose of black slaves who were fighting for the continental and the British. Slaves made up at least 25 percent of the population in North Carolina. Most black people lived in the countryside and worked on land either planting, farming, harvesting and prepared crops to be sold. Most slaves tried to gain their freedom which led to movement that had an impact on the American society in several ways which included the level of productivity, the need of manpower in the south of America and the establishment of equality. When America gained its independence from Great Britain, it gave Americans…show more content…
However, this statement may not be true because most rich states in the America were the first to be free for slaves. Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and john Thomas all spoke against the act of slavery. The declaration of independence that states which relies heavily on the concept of natural rights, which are rights given by God that cannot be taken away by the government, it also states that equality under the law , equality in the eyes of God and freedom from oppression and absolute power. This document was interpreted by Abraham Lincoln in his own way and understanding which gave black slaves their freedom and…show more content…
As humans we all want to be free which is why many slaves hoped every day that they could find a way to be free through any means or they would become very resistant. In 1739, Stone Rebellion took place which was an example of the frustration slaves were going through. The stone rebellion was 20 miles southwest of Charleston in South Carolina. Where slaves gathered, attacked a firearms shop, and headed south, killing more than twenty white people as they went. Until the white community set out in armed pursuit, and by dusk time half the slaves were dead and half had already escaped; most slaves who escaped were either captured or executed. Because of the stone rebellion in 1739 the Negro act was passed on in 1740 by white colonist in order to prevent privileged of black slaves and also made it illegal for slaves to move abroad, assemble in groups, raise food, earn money, and learn to write English. The objective of most slaves during the rebellion was to seek liberty and land which was found in Spanish territory in St. Augustine in Florida. The society, culture, and the way of life in America Has evolved and changed people mindset as many thought owning people was the right or moral thing
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