Causes Of The American Revolution

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The American Revolution took place from 1765 to 1783. There are many well known reasons for the start of the American Revolution like king George III trying to impose tyranny over all the people by heavily taxing the American people and also the problem with trying to control people from the other side of the world. But there is one reason that is often not mentioned, and that is the American Revolution was also fought to preserve slavery. At the time slavery was a normal thing and to think about it being abolished was one of the most radical thoughts one could have. But in 1772 the fate of history was changed for ever, Lord Mansfield a judge of England ruled in the case of an escaped slave named James Somerset who was an escaped…show more content…
The Irony of American Revolution and their fight for freedom became very self evident in the Declaration of Independence when they speak of all men are created equal and “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” John Dickinson of Pennsylvania wrote during the midst of the stamp act crisis, that since they are being taxed without their own consent “we are therefore slaves.”(5) This was very ironic because he was the largest slaveholder in philadelphia at the time. This just goes on to prove that many wealthy slave owners were not only fighting for freedom but also to preserve slavery. “The rhetoric of freedom that animated the Revolution did not apply to America’s original sin, the widespread system of slavery that fueled the southern economy.”(2) In other words the fight for freedom during the American revolution mocked the culture of America for enslaving others, therefore it was a fight for freedom Just for the white males and if the south lost their slaves they lost their economy. In Jefferson's draft of the declaration he strongly denounced the king for continuing the slave trade and introducing it into the colonies, unfortunately these word were dropped with the persuasion of the southern colonies, saying that slavery did not go far as to violate the “most sacred rights of life and liberty.”(3) Once again this evidence shows that many powerful people but not all of them wanted independence from Britain for the protection of slavery and for
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