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How Did John Adams Contribute To The American Revolution

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As the Haitian Revolution was going on, America was conflicted. At first, Thomas Jefferson was eager to advise the United States to go into the fighting in order to help the white Haitians, as he favored the French during the French Revolution. On the other hand, he was a slave owner and feared the power that the uprising Haitian slaves were capable of. In the end, he lead in the call to provide minimal support to the white slave owners, while also advising them to try and form a compromise between the slaves; he hoped this could end their battle. To say the least, the slaves were willing to do anything but compromise. However, this did not mean America was finished in terms of being involved in the revolution. In 1793, Haitian factions…show more content…
Additionally, he desired to maintain trade deals with the colony, as their economy was beginning to show signs of increase again. However, once Thomas Jefferson replaced Adams as president in 1801, things changed. Jefferson’s previous fear of the Haitian slaves only worsened, causing a paranoia that was displayed in his political actions. In fear that the American slaves would “catch” the desire to revolt, he stopped American support of L'Ouverture, who was aided by John Adams. Despite the fact that Haiti was more concerned with stabilizing their own lives, Jefferson’s fear only worsened after a new leader, Dessalines, ordered the mass execution of the remaining white people of Haiti.
Jefferson tried to solve his fears by cutting off national contact with Haiti, which would (hopefully) cease the spread of the revolution. However, this did not work. The slaves- and slaveowners- knew what had happened, sparking much different reactions in both. The juxtaposition of reactions in each class of Americans were caused by relatively the same concept:
The Haitian Revolution was a spectacle no one had ever seen happen in history. The slave owners, like Jefferson, were fearful and intimidated. The slaves however, were excited. The Haitian Revolution gave them hope that the United States had the potential to eventually become a country of multi-racial equality. They were inspired
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