Slavery and the American Revolution

1758 words 8 pages
TiAnna Porter
HIST 2010
Josué Rey
6 March 2013
A Slave Owner’s Cry for Freedom In the years from 1600 to 1783 the thirteen colonies in North America were introduced to slavery and underwent the American Revolutionary War. Colonization of the New World by Europeans during the seventeenth century resulted in a great expansion of slavery, which later became the most common form of labor in the colonies. According to Peter Kolchin, modern Western slavery was a product of European expansion and was predominantly a system of labor. Even with the introduction of slavery to the New World, life still wasn’t as smooth as we may presume. Although the early American colonists found it perfectly fine to enslave an entire race of people, they
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Colonists were fed up, from dealing with unreasonable taxes, to not being allowed to protect their families, enough was enough. The colonist responded to The Stamp Act in ways such as riots and boycotts of British Goods. By this point, the American Revolution was understood and accepted by the colonist of early America. In support of the rebellion, rag tag groups of settlers calling themselves the Sons of Liberty and the Daughters of Liberty promoted the self-sufficiency movement (Butler). With the settlers revolting left and right, the delegates of the colonies had no choice but to unite, thus The Stamp Act Congress was formed out of pure necessity. The Stamp Act Congress was the first stride that the colonist made under a united front against the Parliament. The Stamp Act Congress agreed that Britain had a right to regulate trade throughout the colony, however, they denied the fact that Great Britain had a right to tax the colonies. The colonist suggested that it would be uncivilized for the Parliament to tax the colonies, if they had no representation within the government: taxation without representation (Hinschelwood). The British Parliament was forced to abolish the Stamp Act in 1766 but in retaliation passed the Declaratory Act, which stated that “The King and Parliament had full legislative authority over the colonies in all matters” (Hinschelwood). A few

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