The problem with this argument is that the American Revolution, if it was to save slavery would never have allowed democracy but would have created oligarchy (which it did to some extent in the stealth action of the slaveholding elite present at the creation of the Constitution). But democracy appeared and the American Revolution emerged as a republic moving into democracy in a compromise with slavery that a Constitution with a hidden dynamite charge would lead to a Civil War in a generation. The argument that a compromise was forced onto the process seems closer to the facts. Why would a slaveholder republic declare all men were created equal?
We should consider that Britain was not beyond slavery in 1776.1785 (1807, 1833, the relevant dates) and that they also were concerned rightly the new Americans would be genocidal to the Indians.
Again, to see the half-truth only in this argument: consider Athenian democracy: was it founded to preserve slavery? Hardly, there was no challenge to slavery but democracy emerged somewhat chaotically but on its own terms. The Americans looked to the past and the example of Greece/Rome seemed to condition their views.
The University of South Carolina historian holds that the American Revolution was launched to defend the institution of slavery against the British Empire.
Source: Historian Woody Holton launches 1619 Project-inspired attack on the American Revolution – World Socialist Web Site
In the U.S. Constitution, advocates of the Abolition Amendment say, “We have to be able to say no slavery—no exceptions.”
Source: Dems Introduce Abolition Amendment to Scrap Constitution’s ‘Slavery Clause’ | Common Dreams News
Today, as we celebrate Juneteenth, we should remember not only the struggle against chattel slavery but the struggle for radical freedom during Reconstruction — snuffed out by the reactionary forces of property and white supremacy.
Source: Juneteenth Is About Freedom
It is inevitably fraught for a white critic like me to discuss a work of art specifically about the Black American experience.
Source: The Underground Railroad Is A Towering Series About The Ways Slavery Still Infects America | Portside
Slavery, wasted cycles, and emergent abolition, the anti-racism movements Continue reading “Thread on democracy, slavery…”
It seems that the government’s war on woke is box office gold, infinite spite fired at an endlessly replenished stream of targets, none of them moving very fast, since they totally weren’t expecting culture secretary Oliver Dowden to even be aware of their work.
Source: The ignorance that Underpinned Empire and Slavery Still Has Staunch Defenders | Portside
Re: [marxmail] GOP Still Wants to Pretend the Preservation of Slavery Wasn’t a Major Reason for the American Revolution – CounterPunch.org
You mean the 1619 Project.
I have no problem with any of it other than the bizarre understanding of the American Revolution. I’ll restate a few of the big points . . . .
1. The calendar makes its own demands. Britain did not abolish slavery until the 1830s, so it was not under any greater threat under the British Empirem in 1776 than it would be out of it. In fact, with this in mind, slavery would have remained legal for another half centuiry under the empire in states that actually got rid of it between the 1770s and the early 1800s after getting independence. Continue reading “An interesting thread at Marxmail: Re: [marxmail] GOP Still Wants to Pretend the Preservation of Slavery Wasn’t a Major Reason for the American Revolution – CounterPunch.org You mean the 1619 Project.”
The continual expanse of western enslavement culture has never been directly about race, class, or any other perceived external divisions, rather it’s an ego sickness at its root. When the ego drive is running the show we are slaves to its impulses, subsequently the external world we’ve constructed expresses that which is within; a slavish More
Source: Slavery and the Age of Ego – CounterPunch.org
WASHINGTON–The ‘so-called’ American Revolution of 1776 was not a bourgeois-democratic uprising for liberty as the common view would have it. Instead, it was a settler-colonialist revolt, a reactionary event aimed at blocking the impending abolition of slavery.
Source: Radical historian challenges traditional Marxist view of ‘so-called’ American Revolution – People’s World