The American Revolution: The Battle of Many

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1073 words
1073 words

The American Revolution is often misinterpreted as being a dispute only between the white British men and the colonial American soldiers. Yet, it is clearly visible that colonial women, African American slaves, and Native Americans also took a part in the quest for American independence. During the war, African American slaves participated in the war in hopes of one day gaining freedom. The Natives Americans at the time tried to maintain a neutral stance, but failed to do so. It was impossible for them to remain out of the battle given the circumstances. Finally, colonial women gathered together and gathered money in order to help the war effort. The American Revolution shed the strength and effort of these three groups. As a result, it was not only a “white man’s battle.” The reason for the war was between colonial American men and white British men, but one must understand the reason behind the war to grasp a full understanding of why others participated in it. The colonists were being oppressed by Parliament. Conflict arose among these people because Great Britain levied a series of numerous taxes on the people of the thirteen colonies. Great Britain did this to recover economically because previous wars had put them in great debt. Notable taxes put on the colonists include the Stamp Act and the Tea Act. Being induced by Enlightenment ideas of freedom and reason, the colonist declared the taxes unjust and fought against the oppression. As the fight continued, the revolutionary slogan of the colonist was born: “No taxation without representation.” Although many wanted to fight against Britain, many also drifted away from the idea. For example, Daniel Leonard felt great loyalty to the Parliament. He thought the war would only... ... middle of paper ... ...ght because they wanted to protect their land and people. Colonial women came together and became the foundation of the support system the troops had at home. To deny these war efforts is unjust. These three groups of people had a major impact on the war, and because of it, the war was not only a “white man’s battle.” Works Cited Colin Calloway. The American Revolution in Indian Country. Cambridge: University Press, 1995. “Daniel Leonard Argues for Loyalty to the British Empire,”Reading the American Past. Ed. Michael Johnson. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012. Mary Beth Norton. Liberty's Daughters. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1980. “Thomas Paine Makes the Case for Independence”, Reading the American Past. Ed. Michael Johnson. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012. Frey, Sylvia.Water from the Rock. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1991.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the american revolution is often misinterpreted as a dispute between the white british men and the colonial american soldiers.
  • Explains the reason for the war was between colonial american men and white british men, but one must understand why others participated in it.
  • Opines that great britain is rapacious, cruel, and vindictive and envies us the inheritance purchased by the sweat and blood of our ancestors.
  • Opines that the colonists were misinformed about the war and that it was not in their best interest to fight great britain. women, slaves, and native americans joined the battle.
  • Explains that african american slaves were a crucial apparatus in the fight of the american revolution despite not participating in it at the very beginning.
  • Explains that native americans did not voluntarily join the war. they regarded it as a family quarrel in which they had no business meddling in.
  • Explains that neutrality was not a viable option for people who were not economically independent. some people saw in the revolution and the promise of british support to drive americas from their lands.
  • Explains that many native americans joined the british side because the americans committed treachery and were unable to provide trade. others sided with britain because they promised to restore land, but failed to do so.
  • Explains that the colonial women were a key contributor to the war. they formed the liberty daughters to help the hard-pressed troops by collecting contributions.
  • Explains that african american slaves, native americans, and colonial women all had an undeniable part in the american revolution.
  • Cites calloway's the american revolution in indian country, which was published by cambridge university press in 1995.
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