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American revolution only liberated a small minority. Blacks, women, the landless poor, and native Americans were left out Many black slaves were liberated through the revolution: how? P. 23 British officials set them free as a war tactic Majority of antislavery whites only opposed its expansion Constitutional utopians believed the constitution outlawed slavery Abolitionism—elitist phase, militant populist phase, revolutionary phase Rhetoric changes “abolitionist” antislavery Elements necessary for social movement: 1. shifting political opportunities 2. What institution and social nets exist? (churches and labor unions) 3. collective identity (occupation, gender) Slavery and making of political culture Blacks were active players in shaping policy, power relations, and ending slavery Former slaves fractured vision of freedom and society Condition of slavery, memory of African past and emancipation process were central in shaping political vision
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