Differences Between French Revolution And American Revolution

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The French Revolution and American Revolution were similar in particular aspects. However, there were a lot of differences between the two wars, especially involving their slaves during their respected time periods.
After the defeat of the British at Yorktown, many Americans didn’t understand the lasting impact that the black people had during the War for their Independence against the British. At the 1876 Centennial Celebration of the Revolution in Philadelphia, not a single speaker acknowledged the contributions of African Americans in establishing the nation that it was at the time. Yet in 1783, thousands of black Americans fought beside the white man during the war. Many won their freedom and others were victims, but throughout the struggle
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It was the colonies that the French and British owned across the sea from their mainland. The majority of the slaves were in the colonies in the Caribbean, specifically in current day Haiti, a colony owned by the French called Santi-Dominique, where sugar, coffee and cotton was grown in vast numbers. This land was extremely vital to the success and income of France. They thrived off of the goods the island produced. Although, the slaves of the region began to assimilate the ideas, that were being passed around in France about abolition of slavery. Uprising of slaves and the native people began, consequently weakening the French militia. It was then, just like the Americans, that the British saw an opportunity to have an advantage over the French military. The British officers offered the slaves of the region their way to freedom if they fought for the royal army. The uprising of the rebellion took a toll on the French army in the region. So much in fact that the French economy had nearly collapsed and drastic measures were needed to save it. The National Convention finally decided to end slavery in all the French colonies, and voted such action into Law on February 4, 1794. Thousands of angered whites fled the island, and even mixed raced men were not pleased because they too were slave owners of in the …show more content…
Even though America promised slaves their freedom, in return for their duties on the battlefield, they did not give it to many of them. Slaves had a better hope for freedom with the British than they had with Americans. Slaves who departed with the Red Coats when the war was over, found themselves in their new land that included Canada, England, Australia, and Sierra Leone. American Slaves that were sent to take the place of their white owners were common in the ranks of the patriots. The British promises of freedom attracted these slaves, that were enlisted this particular way, and British commanding officers encouraged these rebel slaves to run away towards British lines. Run away they did, and about eight hundred to a thousand rebel slaves were lost to the British Officers promises. As the war proceeded, again slaves were lied too, some rebel slaves were given to loyalist slave owners or shipped to English slave properties in the Caribbean or if they proved of little or no value to the British, they were sent back to their rebel owners. Although they were free, which is what matter, they still were treated poorly just as they had been before. A few American slaves received their freedom, but many remained the property of their masters, returning back to them as slaves. The Americans signed a preliminary treaty with the English in 1782, and, since it ended the fighting, slave owners now could

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