Forgotten Slaves Of The American Revolution
‘Give me liberty or give me death’.
Patrick Henry’s famous words that inspired a Revolution, and led to the formation of the United States but in the process forgot the freedom of its Slaves. Henry’s words were followed by the Declaration of Independence which supposedly acknowledged the Equality of all Men.
It is these core values that we are told underpinned America’s War of Independence against Britain, and which also spurred Revolutions elsewhere particularly in France leading up to the French Revolution.
However, lost in the mist of revolutionary euphoria is the simple truth that the American Revolution was not a Universal Revolution espousing liberty for all Men because it did not care about the freedom of Slaves.
The simple fact is that the American Revolution did not end Slavery and the Forgotten Slaves Of The American Revolution are rarely if ever discussed.
In-fact, Eminent American Leaders such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson amongst others widely regarded as America’s Founding Fathers continued making use of Slaves on their own Plantations after the War and the current American Revolution narrative continues the legacy of the Forgotten Slaves Of The American Revolution.
It was only almost 100 years later during the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln that Slavery faced real abolishment.
Even then, it ignited a Civil War, and one can reasonably say if Lincoln could have won the Presidency without playing the Slavery card, it would have taken much longer for Slavery to be abolished in America and the forgotten Slaves Of The American Revolution would have remained forgotten for much longer.
We cannot therefore blindly accept the American Revolution as a true democratic revolution…The American Revolution was at its core, a class struggle between newly Rich Upper Class Colonists, and the established Nobility of England.
We should therefore be careful to distinguish fact from fiction by seeing the American ‘Land of the free’ national narrative for what it is…A myth.
If the Founding Fathers really meant it when they said ‘Give me Liberty or give me death’ then the first thing they should have done was free their own Slaves…..Charity always begins at home.
With that Retro-piece we end the Slavery feature, and suggest the documentaries ‘Journey through Slavery’, ‘The Death Of Jim Crow’ and ‘The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross’ from our YouTube channel for more insight.
Join us as we unpack the Liberian tragedy…A country founded on the hopes and dreams of former Slaves that descended into anarchy.
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