Black Loyalists

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While many believed they would receive their freedom by joining the British army, numerous black loyalists were disappointed when they were denied their right of freedom. Why did these black loyalists not receive their end of the bargain? These Black Loyalists were mistreated and disrespected on both fronts. When the British army was in need of troops, they offered to free the slaves if they joined the British army. Countless slaves from American Plantations and other areas risked their lives trying to escape only to end back up in slavery. The thought of what some of these slaves had to do for their freedom is terrifying. They ran the risk of being caught, tortured, and killed. The journey to freedom is not easy and most certainly not short. …show more content…
Along with slaves, the British also had a huge war debt. Before the war, the British were paying to protect the Colonists from Indian attacks and invasions. Then the American Revolution started and the British had to pay to fight the Americans while still having the previous debt. To solve this dilemma, the British decided to sell some slaves to the West Indies and Nova Scotia. In a letter written in 1794, a slave after the war is “bound to some person [in Liverpool].” This demonstrates how the British blatantly deceived the slaves from the Americans and merely used them for the war against the Americans. In continuing effort to get rid of the slaves after the American Revolution, the British let the slaves go. The slaves then had nowhere to go and no way to support themselves. Numerous slaves in turn sold themselves as indentured servants. Heman Horton and his family did this with their “own free will…” for a term of six years. Initially slaves joined the British to gain their freedom however, once they were set free after the war, they were given no means of a job or anyway to support themselves or their families. As a final point, some slaves that were free after the war then got kidnapped and sold in the West Indies. A black and white picture depicts a Negro slave being abducted by a white mob. Not only does this portray …show more content…
As I just mentioned, African Americans were kidnapped and sold for profit. It is to these standards that slaves were upheld to. The British did not care whether slaves received their freedom or not, to them slaves were merely properties to trade, sell, or put to work. It was apparent that the British did not treat the slaves of equal value. During the war the slaves were given “half rations and were forced to work most of the week.” Even when most Blacks were skilled at what they did such as carpentry and blacksmithing after the war, “blacks earned as much as half of what a white tradesman could expect…” With the exception of fishing, no matter what the Blacks did, they would always be of lesser value than anybody. Now that the Blacks received their lower pay and worked countless hours a week, many of them could not provide for their families with such little pay. This then relates back to selling themselves as indentured servants and working again for someone. Now in reality some black did in fact receive their freedom. For example, on December 14th, 1775, “the said [Cato Hamanday] has hereby his Excellency Sir Guy Carleton 's Permission to go to Nova Scotia, or wherever else he may think proper.” This is simply one certificate of freedom that was found of freeing a slave. There could have been many more however,

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