Minorities During Revolution & Civil Wars

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Steven Simkins 12/13/12
The American Revolution and Civil War were fought with a purpose

derived from, and in defense of one minority group. As the Colonists built their own societies and settlements in the New America, issues of contentions arose separating themselves from the rest of the British empire. The Revolution became a fight for themselves and their well being not the well being of anyone else. As ideas of Civil War arose around 1860-1861 the cause was for the black minority although not yet announced by Abraham Lincoln. Both the American Revolution and Civil War were powered through the desires of one minority group to rise up and fight against the traditional normalities. In the years of early American development, the colonists found

themselves contradicting and disagreeing with many ideas the mother country had in mind for them. The ridiculous taxing, lack of representation and poor treatment sent the colonists over the top. Ideas of Revolution were not inclusive of women’s ideas or immigrants. Noting the voting restrictions and requirements to be a congressmen, there were no women in government or who had a voice in government. Lack of representation of women and immigrant’s ideals shows the Revolution was focused on one minority; the white male who owned land and was a colonist. As the war began, both sides took advantage of the Native Americans and blacks that were in the area. The British and the colonists made numerous promises to the other minorities but

they were all forgotten as the war ended. Because Native Americans were viewed by Colonists as uneducated and inferior, they were pushed back to expanses of previous territory until they could no longer prosper. Colonists forces prevailed against their mother country and the resulting society was again drive by white males and strictly in favor of white males. The war of the North and South was similarly focused but the minority at

heart were the African-Americans....
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