HIST 1111 Santa Monica College American Revolution and Powerless Groups Paper

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Discussion #2: The "Counter Revolution of 1776?"

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The American Revolution and "Powerless Groups"


In her article Illusion of Change: Women and the American Revolution, Joan Hoff Wilson argues that women, people of color, and the poor gained little or nothing from the American Revolution. Wilson declares, "the American Revolution produced no significant benefits for American women...native Americans, blacks...most propertyless white males, and indentured servants (Wilson, History 11 Coursepack, p.153). Do you agree with Wilson's assessment? What is your opinion regarding who benefited from the American Revolution?

Here is a link to an interesting interview on Democracy Now that highlights a similar view of the American Revolution:

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/27/counter_revolution_of_1776_was_us

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THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND "POWERLESS GROUPS"
I concur with Joan Hoff Wilson's assessment of the effects of the American Revolution of
1776 on American women, Native Americans, blacks, most property less white males, and
indentured servants. The ''counter-revolution of 1776'' irradiates how safeguarding of slavery was
an encouraging element for the groundbreaking war. Preceding 1776, anti-slavery opinions
expanded all over Britain and in the Caribbean; defiant Africans were in the insurgency. For
European colonis...


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