Chapter 6: American Revolution Essay
This chapter is heavy on the abstract political ideas that the American Revolution was built upon; democracy, equality, freedom and liberty among others. These were the lofty goals of the revolutionaries but all of these ideas impacted different segments of society differently. Look at the documents posted in this section and think how different social groups, other than white males, were impacted differently by the American Revolution.
For this chapter write a TWO PAGE essay that describes:
1. the specific complaints the colonists had against the King and
2. how did marginalized groups (African Americans) feel about that same revolution as described in the documents that are posted in this module.
Make sure you quote Foner at least twice and quote the document once.
You can employ your internet research skills and do additional web browsing to learn more about the ideas that drove the American Revolution.
The Context of the Hayes poem
The poem by Lemuel Hayes was written at a time when African Americans were not fully accepted into mainstream society. In the North slavery was uncommon and free African Americans could expect to have some rights among communities that were more tolerant. Hayes becomes a minister for over 30 years in Vermont, a state known for its long history of tolerance.
But in the South, African American slavery was alive and well and millions of men, women and children were being treated like animals. It is in this context that Hayes wrote this poem.
As an African American fighting for the ideals of the Revolution he puts his own existence and the existence of his community on the same table as the revolution itself.
Read the poem several times to understand what he is saying in so few words.
Poem written by African American soldier during the American Revolution.
FOR LIBERTY, EACH FREEMEN STRIVES
AS IT’S A GIFT OF GOD
AND FOR IT YIELDS THEIR LIVES
MUCH BETTER THERE IN DEATH CONFINED
THAN SURVIIVING AS A SLAVE
Lemuel Hayes, 1776.
Lemuel Hayes, an African American, fought at the first battles of the American Revolution, Concord. MA
Americas first ordained African American Minister
Americas first African American recipient of an honorary degree
American Revolution Essay
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