The Declaration of Independence and Slavery

Since 1775, more than one million Africans, mostly slaves, have lived in 13 colonies. In the early 18th century, a number of new ministers of Consulate and conscientious objectors, such as George Keith and John Woolman, questioned the morality of slavery, but were largely ignored. But in 1760, as settlers began to speak out against the oppression of oppression, more and more Americans began to acknowledge that there was a clear conflict between the protection and freedom of slave owners. Abigail Adams wrote in 1774: “It has always seemed to me to be the most unclean map for what we steal and steal from those who are not at once equal in rights.

fight us for freedom.”

The public debate on freedom gave thousands of slaves high hopes, and many were ready to fight for a democratic revolution that could secure their freedom. In 1775, at least 10 of the 15 black soldiers, including some slaves, fought in the battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill. Two of these men, Salem Poor and Peter Salem, made a special difference for their courage.

However, in 1776, it was clear that the revolutionary uprising of black fathers and founders was taking to the streets. The Declaration of Independence was a promise of freedom to all people, but it could not end slavery; and although they had proved their worth in the war, the Continental Congress pursued a policy of expelling black troops from the army.

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