The Role of African Americans in the Revolutionary War Essay

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The Role of African Americans in the Revolutionary War

An estimated 100,000 African Americans escaped, died or were killed during the American Revolution(Mount). Roughly 95% of African Americans in the United States were slaves, and because of their status, the use of them during the revolution was inevitable(Mount). This led many Americans, especially those from the North, to believe that the South's economy would collapse without slavery due to the use of slaves on the front lines. However, only a small percentage of the slave population enlisted in either army.
The concept of using slaves as soldiers was hardly revolutionary. Blacks had served our country with honor and bravery since the country's earliest days. Not only did the
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The British saw Washington's original actions and promised emancipation for all slaves who fought for England. Washington's position towards blacks had made it clear that the individuals running the revolution were not interested in black freedom, so the British offer literally produced a flood of African-American volunteers to the British Army. The escaped slaves were not merely good soldiers; they were passionate and saw the British cause as a way to rebel against their American masters. Despite being on the losing end of the war, slaves who fought for the British in the American Revolution mark the beginning of an emancipation movement.
The center of the Southern economy was the slaves and their contribution to the plantation owners. Southern agriculture was founded on the cultivation of tobacco, wheat, and corn in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina, and of rice and indigo in South Carolina and Georgia. These crops were cultivated with the help of black slaves, those that were not fighting in the war effort. Slaves were the only reason there was enough money to pay for the war and political events. As a matter of fact, most of America's political leaders were slaveholders themselves, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton(Davis 116).
The chance of America winning
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