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The Revolutionary war & African Americans

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The Revolutionary war & African Americans African American Studies 004

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Part 1of the Revolutionary war and what role blacks played in it. Racialization, slavery, and slave revolts.
African American Studies
Professor L. Gant Britton
Class Notes
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Omarah Lewis on Saturday October 1, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to African American Studies 004 at Los Angeles City College taught by Professor L. Gant Britton in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 25 views. For similar materials see African American Studies in African American Studies at Los Angeles City College.

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Date Created: 10/01/16
African American Studies Week 5 (9/28/16): The American Revolution & African Americans: - British tax colonies-colonies don’t want to pay - The British colonies (Which would be become USA) were made to pay for military protection and their share of the expense for the “Seven Years War” w/ France. - The sugar act: actually lowered the tax on sugar but put pressure on merchant smugglers through legal system. - Colonial (American) merchants felt their profits were threatened. Wanted to be independent from Britain not “enslaved” by taxes. - Navigation Act: British take a % of profit from shipped goods for allowing colonists to use British ships for transport. - Extension of Feudalism in the “New World” from Europe. The Tea/Intolerable Acts: - Economic protest - To protest, colonists boarded British ships and threw tea into the water (Boston Tea Party) Tried to make Indians the scapegoats by dressing in Indian garb. - British angry, so they curtailed colonial town meetings, empowered military to lodge soldiers in private homes to control people. Quebec Act: extended boundary of Quebec and granted legal toleration to Catholics; opposed by protestant colonists. - Both British/colonists had slaves - In a quest for power both sides manipulate ideas of “race/ethnicity” Racial Formation: (process) - Racial Formation is the process by which socio-historical designations of race are created and manipulated. - Racial formation explains the definition/redefinition of specific race identities. Race as social construction: - Based on power relations-alters over the course of time due to historical pressure. Overt Black Resistance: - Major slave revolts - 1526- Spanish settlement near PEE DEE River, South Carolina. - Bacon’s rebellion-1676 (interracial rebellion) - Stono rebellion-failed revolt in S. Carolina in 1739. - Haitian Revolution-1794-1804; Haitians defeat the French and Haiti becomes the first country of freed slaves. - Gabriel Prosseer- led failed revolt in Virginia in 1800. - Denmark Vesey- led failed revolt in S. Carolina in 1822. - Nat Turner-killed 60 white ppl. In Virginia in 1831. Slavery Equals Control: - “Seasoning” psychological warfare used to “make examples” out of slaves who fought for freedom. Bacon’s Rebellion: - Wanted to kill Native Americans to secure land. - Thought of as foolhardy - Gathered both black and white servants (interracial) - This rebellion led to slavery by race - Elite whites feared poor whites who had the right to bear arms, so this resulted in more slaves from Africa being used. - Blacks were slaves for life and born into slavery Crispus Attucks: - Black patriot in the Rev. War - First to die in Boston Massacre in 1770. - Biracial- Black; Native Am. - Runaway slave, who became a sailor/rope maker - Grew up in Farmington, Massachusetts.


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