American Revolution: The Role Of Enslavement In Early American Society
Since Columbus’ arrival in 1492, Native Americans and African Americans have been the subjects of inequality. Racial segregation based on culture, sexuality, and colors were all present in the early colonies. For example, in search for gold and to prove his allegiance …show more content…
It led to the creation of racial groups and the grouping of people based on the color of your skin. The beauty of having a darker skin tone was looked down upon by the new thriving society promoting the “white” skin as superior. Enslavement was a complete contradiction to the rhetoric of the American Revolution in a sense that freedom was being asked for among the new settlers in the colonies, yet the Americans didn’t direct independence to the slaves who were living in their own territory. Also, despite the fact that many of the enslaved African Americans fought during the American Revolution, they were still not granted any rights nor given freedom. The realities that the slaves faced during the 18th century were cruel and unjust, yet the American Revolution did not include their wants and needs. The American settlers in the colonies were not shackled against their will nor were they performing strenuous labor. It is incomprehensible how the American Revolution didn’t involve their freedom, how the colonists were so ignorant of the realities that the slaves faced.
Racial discrimination, although still present in today’s societies, has been alive throughout the ages, not only in America, but also among other countries. Aside from creating an economic boost and producing industrialization, it created an imbalance between skin colors, allowing for dark tones to be oppressed against lighter ones. The oppression that inferior groups faced throughout this time was overlooked as cruel and only seen for the innovations it led in the colonies. The thirteen colonies were known for fighting in the American Revolution for freedom yet they didn’t allow freedom to their own