Revolt in revolution: preventing and promoting slave revolt in revolutionary South Carolina

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Show simple item record Claxton, Haley 2014-09-25T15:52:49Z 2014-09-25T15:52:49Z 2014-09-25
dc.description.abstract “Revolt in Revolution: Preventing and Promoting Slave Revolt in Revolutionary South Carolina” discusses the uses of African American slaves during the Revolutionary War by both American and British combatants, especially focused on the promised reward of freedom for slaves joining either side of the conflict. The main argument of the paper is that: “Both white combatants sought to maintain control of African American slaves… and continually forced them into subservient military roles, despite the eventual promise of freedom, ultimately circumscribed by the victors.” The paper further claims that American promises for emancipation for supportive slaves was only as a reaction to British promises and that the conflict, following the Dunmore and Philipsburg Proclamations (British proclamations insuring post war emancipation for supportive slaves) was deeper than simply maintaining military slave allies in South Carolina. Instead, the conflict became a battle over which white party would define post-war freedom, assuming that slaves were incapable of truly understanding what liberty would mean. Primary sources relied upon include personal correspondence from American plantation owners and members of the Patriot military, statements from British military personnel, legal proceedings and wartime proclamations (including the British Dunmore and Philipsburg Proclamations and reactionary decrees made by American governmental bodies), and newspaper articles, among other documents from the period. en_US
dc.subject American revolution en_US
dc.subject Slave revolt en_US
dc.subject African Americans en_US
dc.subject South Carolina en_US
dc.subject Henry Laurens en_US
dc.title Revolt in revolution: preventing and promoting slave revolt in revolutionary South Carolina en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.description.advisor Louise Breen en_US 2014 en_US
dc.description.course History 586: Advanced Seminar in History. Spring 2014 - Revolutionary America en_US

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