9 February 2015
The Revolution Within
Much more than a riot against British taxes and trade regulations, the American Revolution was the first modern revolution. Some call the American Revolution a Civil War involving struggles about social class, race, and gender. There was an expansion of the right vote throughout the dramatic changes of independence during the war. Americans of the revolutionary generation were preoccupied with the social conditions of freedom, as stated in Voices of Freedom. During this time, educational opportunities for women in America were extremely limited. The American Revolution was a struggle for national independence and a conflict over what kind of nation an independent America should be. In 1776 a writer of the Maryland Gazette declared that, “Every member of this state, who lends his aide to the support of it has an equal claim to all the privileges, liberties, and immunities.. (Foner, “Freedom” 110),” Those who didn’t own land and were considered poor, were not given the right to vote. Those who owned land were favorited and were given the privilege to vote. John Adams believed men without property had “no judgement of their own (Foner, “Liberty” 215).” He believed if men without property were granted the opportunity to vote there would be no distinction among upper and lower class, forcing everyone to be at one common level. Adams’s beliefs were rightfully wrong, the lower class were just as equal as the upper class, both should be granted the opportunity to be protected of their lives and enjoy the right of voting for representatives. America was trying to establish a government based off equal liberties. “The revolutionary generation’s emphasis liberty inevitability raised questions about the future of slavery in the new republic (Foner, 114).” The first the step African Americans took towards freedom was to appeal to the legislators. They used the Declaration of...
Cited: Foner, Eric. "The Revolution Within." Give Me Liberty! An American History. 4th ed. Vol. 1. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2014. 210-45. Print.
Foner, Eric. "The Revolution Within." Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History. 4th ed. Vol. 1. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2014. 105-19. Print.
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