Revolutionary Movements And The American Revolution Essay

1256 Words Nov 15th, 2016 6 Pages
The history of revolutionary movements is one of interactions between the ideas of old and new: monarchy vs republicanism, and slavery vs freedom. This conflict of ideas and interests was not exclusive to one event or one revolution. Across the broader Atlantic world, this clash played out countless times in the American colonies, Haiti, Spanish America, and the Caribbean. To fully appreciate the interconnectedness of how the American Revolution also led to the Haitian Revolution, it is crucial to look at the period from a broad context which examines the content of arguments for freedom rather than focusing on nationalities and differences in achieving the end goal. Although revolutionaries in America and Haiti differed greatly in ethnic background, views on social equality and slavery, and came from differing social hierarchies, both revolutions successfully set a precedent for which political revolutions have followed since. Despite these differences, the American and Haitian Revolutions are inherently similar in that they radically challenged the social hierarchy of empire, advocated for self-rule to protect the rights of man, and ignited global attention to revolutionary ideals. During the late 1700s, the 13 American Colonies and San Domingue perhaps could have not been more different in terms of racial composition and social structure. Interestingly however, political movements from both colonies emerged to demand equality, and then eventually total separation. In…

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