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The Struggle against Slavery in Revolutionary and Early National New York

in In the Shadow of Slavery

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780226317748
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226317755 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226317755.003.0003
The Struggle against Slavery in Revolutionary and Early National New York

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The political ideology of the Revolution, with its emphasis on the American colonies' enslavement to Britain, provided a secular language with which to critique the holding of blacks as slaves, one that an emerging coalition of antislavery New Yorkers could embrace across differing religious affiliations. Additionally, the practical effects of the war gave large numbers of enslaved people an opportunity to seize their freedom; both the British and American armies made limited offers of freedom to those who would fight for them, and the disorder of the war gave slaves greater opportunities to flee their masters. Ultimately, however, the Revolution did not lead to the end of slavery in New York.

Keywords: slavery; political ideology; American colonies; colonial New York; the Revolution; blacks

Chapter.  10789 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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