Why Did Slavery Continue After The Revolution?
Your question is, why did slavery continue even after the American Revolution?
|Answer In Short:
1. American Revolution’s Primary Purpose Was Not To End Slavery From The 13 Colonies, Anymore. Its Core Purpose Was To End The Colonial British Empire’s Rule From The Colonies And Establish Colonists’ Self-Administration.
Even, The Issue of Slavery Was Removed From The Declaration of Independence, Though Drafter Thomas Jefferson Added It In The First Draft.
2. At That Time, Slavery Was A Very Sensitive Matter.
Even This Issue Could Have Been Weakened The Revolutionary War Because The Southern States Were Highly Dependent Upon Slavery.
Continental Congress’s Leaders Didn’t Want To Take This Risk Under Any Condition.
They Considered The 13 Colonies’ Independence More Important Than Freeing Black Slaves.
3. Slavery Was A Controversial Matter Which Would Need A Lot of Time To Get Discussed Over; But In Newly Born Country (USA), Leaders or Governments Had Some Other More Important Issues, Which Needed To Get Solved Soon.
4. Fourth, Most Importantly, Leaders Afraid of Civil War Because Freeing Slaves Means, Encouraging The Southern States For Rebellion.
In The Newly Born Nation, Congress’ Leaders Were Not Interested To Lead Their Country Into Another War.
Description – Why Did Slavery Continue After The Revolution?
The truth is that the Revolution of the 13 colonies of America did not happen to abolish Slavery.
The event had no intention of freeing Black Slaves from the clutches of white slaveholders.
The event fully based on the 13 colonies’ independence from the British Empire’s colonial rule.
And that’s it!
Contrary, most of the revolutionaries supported Slavery.
Even the majority of its prominent leaders kept Black slaves at their homes.
For example, in the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson mentioned Slavery as an abominable crime against humanity. But ironically, Jefferson himself was a lifelong Slaveholder.
I Know, Why This Question Is Raising In Your Mind?
Probably, the question came to your mind seeing some slaves freed during and after the American Revolutionary War.
Am I right?
No problem, I will tell you why and how those slaves got freedom.
Actually, freeing slaves during the Revolutionary War was a part of major propaganda from the British authority’s side.
But what was it?
As per the propaganda, the British authority gave an interesting proposal to all the Black slaves of the 13 colonies.
The proposal was if they would leave their masters and join the British Royal forces in the Revolutionary War, then after the war, English authority would provide them freedom from their masters.
As an opportunity to get freedom, around one hundred thousand Slaves ran away from their masters (mostly patriots) and joined the British Red Coasts hoping for freedom.
Once the war ended, many slaves became free, and most of them left the newly formed United States and moved to British North America (Canada).
Fact: Slavery formally ended in the United States after the Civil War (1861-1865). The Civil War happened after around 100 years of the American Revolution (1776). Abraham Lincoln was the US president who made it possible.