The colonists won the American Revolution and created the U.S. Constitution. How did this victory impact both free and enslaved African-Americans? Did African-Americans see an improvement in their conditions, or did their situation become worse in the first half of the 19th Century?
The victory of the colonists during the American Revolution ushered in freedom for many enslaved African-Americans. It is estimated that approximately 5,000, both free and enslaved, African-Americans served in the Continental army. Afterwards, many states granted freedom to the enslaved those who fought during the Revolution. This resulted in thousands of slaves winning their freedom. Also during the turbulence of war, thousands of others escaped slavery by running away. It is estimated that in the State of Georgia alone approximately 5000 slaves achieve freedom by escape. This represented a third of the pre-war total slaves in the state. Simularily, in South Carolina, a quarter of the slaves escaped to freedom (Digital History, 2016).The United States Constitution would be drafted without any reference to slavery. This is largely due to the support needed from the southern slave owning states. The framers believed that if