Atlantic Revolutions

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Were the revolutions of the Atlantic truly that revolutionary? During the Revolutions of the Atlantic, Including the French, American, Haitian, and South American revolutions, The world underwent huge changes. Not only were there changes in government, but changes in world ideologies. These changes changed the course of the world forever, and have brought the world into the modern era we are in today. Revolutions of the Atlantic had an indelible effect on the history of the world. Three major legacies that sprung from these revolutions are democracy, modern feminism, and the global abolition of slavery. After these revolutions, women found themselves on the receiving end of many rights. The women of the French Revolution were very active in…show more content…
During these revolutions, slavery was becoming outdated. Many countries saw the richest and most profitable regions in the world doing away with slavery. Places like the New England Colonies were thriving without it. The new free market economies of the time did not need slavery to succeed. As a result there was a global movement towards the abolition of slavery. Not only were their economic reasons for abolition, but there were fears of slave revolts. After The Haitian revolution, there were many fears of other slave revolts. Abolition changed the world forever by giving people globally hope for a better life out of servitude. In the Haitian Declaration of Independance, the Commander in Chief of the People of Haiti states, “Let us walk down another path; let us imitate those people who, extending their concern into the future, and dreading to leave an example of cowardice for posterity, preferred to be exterminated rather than lose their place as one of the world 's free peoples.” These former slaves are now freed and feel as though as they could have better lives. This revolution also started a global domino effect. Many countries changed their opinions on the subject of slavery. In the Islamic world, while slavery was not abolished, it was seen as taboo, and fewer people took part in the slave trade. The legacy that the abolition of slavery left has been everlasting. These first abolitions lit a fuse for the start of race equality everywhere. Although race equality is not at the point it needs to be, without these revolutions we would not be where we are
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