Chapter 4 part 1 a & b

Chapter 4 part 1 a & b - African American History...

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African American History Chapter 4 Quiz part 1 African Americans and their Role in the Independence of America Did the Declaration of Independence when it was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 support black claims for freedom? The answer is sadly, no. The Declaration of Independence was intended for the freedom of the white colonist from the rule and control of Great Britain. When Thomas Jefferson wrote, “that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” he was not supporting black claims for freedom (Hine, 84). The men who drafted the Declaration of Independence were clear in their view of the black race. They viewed people of color as a people with no rights or standards that could be related to white men of British descent (Hine, 84). Yet, blacks saw “the American War for Independence as a war against slavery” (Hines, 84). Meaning, if the war meant a chance for independence for the colonist it could mean
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