Essay about The African American Fight For Freedom

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The African American Fight for Freedom In the early 1700s, many Africans had been abducted from their homeland, enslaved in the United States, and had no legal rights. Even once the idea of ending oppression led to the Declaration of Independence in 1776, these rights only applied to white citizens and not people of color. African-Americans during this time desired freedom and human rights above all else, and they fought valiantly during the American War for Independence for these rights.
The spiral of events that led towards the eventual abolition of slavery in the Americas began after the time of the French and Indian War. After the war, French and Spanish withdrew from the Americas, and without these threats being present, bonds between Britain and the Thirteen Colonies crumbled. British Parliament wanted to control American merchants, whom they claimed to have traded with their enemy, the French, but Americans considered these taxes oppressive and began to resent British rule. It’s ironic that white citizens saw these taxes as oppressive and denying their human rights, since they never believed enslaving African Americans or denying them the right to practice their own religion as oppressive acts. Crispus Attucks, a black fugitive slave, is believed to be the original martyr that led to the formation of the Patriots, when his attacking a British captain led to the slaughter known as the Boston Massacre. Patriots soon after collaborated and rebelled against British rule…

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