Post Revolution Ideology

Post Revolution Ideology - T he L imits of Revolutiona ry I...

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The Limits of Revolutionary Ideology I. African Americans in the Post-Revolutionary Peri- od A. Role of Revolutionary thought 1. Americans needed to confront the fact that slavery was a peculiar situ- ation 2. James Otis Jr. acknowledged that all human beings were supposed to be free and equal -- should equate to blacks 3. Benjamin Rush called slavery a “vice which degrades human nature” 4. Americans should attempt to do without slavery or justify it B. Emancipation in the North 1. States were petitioned for freedom on grounds that slavery wasn’t just and inconsistent with the rights listed in the Constitution 2. Continental Congress, northern states and MD -- all enlisted in army were freed 3. Any escaped slave received freedom if they escaped to the North and joined the British a) troops wanted to enslave black Americans, but blacks saw them as liberators 4. nation made law to ban international slave trade 5. 1784: four northern states abolished it altogether; all north of DE estab-
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