October 7, 2012
The Participation of African American in the Revolutionary War
The Declaration of Independence embodied the dogma of those American colonists who were in favor of the American Revolution (1775-1783). Written by the Continental Congress, this document boldly endorsed and demanded “certain unalienable Rights”. Among these rights were “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”, which the Continental Congress considered to be explicitly necessary for “all men”. Based on these principles, the intensification in size of the black population makes us to sometimes ask the question, what part did the African American play in the Revolution war and what were some of the cultural affects towards African American. At the start of the war General George Washington did not want African Americans to fight in the military. In November of 1775 Lord Dunmore, the Governor of Virginia, promised freedom to any slave, owned by a rebelling colonist that fought for the British. This caused many slaves to escape to the side of the British. The Americans still did not let slaves fight with them. As time passed and the Americans lost many soldiers, some of the colonies began to let slaves enlist in1778. Virginia did not let slaves join but they did let some free blacks volunteer. Some slave owners in Virginia went against this rule and sent slaves to fighting their place. The participation of African American in the American Revolution war was something that was done against their will. They had no choice to take part in this war but because of no rights, they had to choice but to participate. The American Revolution was the most significant of those wars and biographer have estimated that 6,000 blacks saw service. In the launch, prior to the Revolution, blacks, both free and enslaved, were included in the legionnaire’s laws in individual colonies. The English law requires every community to have a legionnaire force of able-bodied men, Indians,...
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