Santiago Canyon College
Due March 11th, 2013
Essay Question: Describe why someone could choose not to join the patriot movement in the colonies. What choices did blacks and Indians often make when faced with this crisis.
The Crisis of the Revolution, 1779-1783. Americans expected to end this fight with Britain rather quickly but wasn’t the case. Loyalists were important key factors in the war for Britain due to the numbers and their willingness to fight. To leave them out of the war would be a foolish tactic and lead to bloodbath. Loyalists disagreed against the Stamp Act yet didn’t hold Parliament completely responsible for being crude, and also decided remaining part of Britain instead of separating was the better choice. British only truly gave them respect after they showed they were willing to lose everything rather than except an American victory. Loyalist’s ratio of 2:1 for soldiers and stayed longer in the war, for they couldn’t go home until the war ended.
When slaves south of New England were given a choice, they joined Britain because they were promised freedom by joining or emancipation. 50,000 slaves fled to join the British yet only about 10,000 were taken due to the risk of acceptance. If they didn’t make it into the army they had to go back and face their masters that they escaped from. The ones that did make it were granted freedom after they withdrew from the war, going to different countries like Australia or West Africa.
Indians were also involved in the war because if the Americans were victorious, that would have a negative effect on their survival as well as their ancestral lands. The Indians sided with Britain because if they won it will start the flow of western expansion. In the beginning most Indian tribes stood neutral in the war except for the Cherokees who joined the British in 1776. Joseph Brant, a literate and educated Mohawk Indian leader sides with the...
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