Failure To End Slavery - American Revolution

The failure to end slavery `amid all the high-blown talk of liberty and equality, becomes the one glaring and hypocritical inconsistency of the revolutionary era' (Bailyn). Is this a fair statement, in your opinion?
`'Life liberty and pursuit of happiness'. `Every man is born free and created equal'. If these sayings were the main aims of the American Revolution then why did endless slaveries throughout the nation still cease to exist and why did the blacks get discriminated due to their racial background and never really be seen as `freemen' by the end of the revolution? Leaders such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Locke led such strong attributes to the `freedom' of ...

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backbone behind the whole revolution was slavery and how it should be abolished and there were such `high blown talks' of liberty and equality and how `every man is free and born created equal', and how all people should have equal rights and values but yet still in 1830 Census revealed that there were still 3,500 slaves in the North and the last of slaves didn't become free until 1848. That is almost 50 years after the American Revolution. By the eve of Independence, the contrast between Great Britain `A Kingdom of Slaves' and America `a Country of free men' had become the standard language of resistance. So by the eve of Independence America was regarded `a Country of free men' but yet there were slaves recorded in America until 1848. This language was heard without any irony even amongst the states where more than half the Population were slaves. I believe that they used slaves for their own personal benefit and that they didn't really have any interest in the `freedom' of the ...

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the man who is publishing a constitution for freedom amongst all men actually bears hold of 100 slaves himself? According to Samuel Sewall Thomas Jefferson was in private `a system that everyday imposed on its victims more misery than age of that which nose in rebellion to oppose''. He insisted that he wanted to define freedom as a universal right but yet he still held slaves? Slaves still worked for him? If he really believed in this would he not have set them free? Would he still have left them wash, feed and bath him? As the British Dr. Samuel Johnson said "how is that we bear the loudest yelp for liberty from the drivers of slaves''. Also George Washington falls in court in his ...

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