Slavery was primarily an act followed by the British monarchy. People from Africa were brought as slaves. Slavery was a predominate act that was found to be in practice in the societies. One of the main contention among the historians is that abolitionism had its root in the American war of Independence. There are also an equal number of historians who choose to challenge this ideology. The origin of the abolitionism and the American Revolution has met with mixed review.
In the current times, some historians argue about the inconsistencies about the rhetoric and the reality of the war. Liberty and equality was espoused during the times of the revolution.
“Many Britons had begun to see slave owning as a defining feature of the colonial American character” (Young 155). Britain people started to assume that the America administration had a hypocritical stand on slavery. American governments and the people of America started to say that slavery was caused by the British monarchy. There was an obvious blame game as to who formed slavery. In this discussion among the nations about the rhetoric of slavery, there was a consensus reached in both the nations that slavery was a vice and it was inhuman to make another person a slave. Anti-slavery views in the nation were considered to be a morally strong path (Young 155).
Some historians such as Gary Nash state that this aspect of American Revolution caused that the end of slavery is deluded (Young 166). He goes further to explain that the founding fathers did not do much for the cause of slavery and that assuming that only American Revolution lead to freedom of the slaves is a dangerous rhetoric in itself. However, Wood states that the precedent set by the American Revolution had led to the people to assume the fundamental notions of liberty and independence and this was essayed in the Slavery movement. Wood repeatedly states that the notion and the seeds of liberty had started in the movement of the American Revolution. Even in the argument made by Nash, he states that the founding fathers had explicitly explained about their disregard for the slavery actions undertaken in the societies. They had a great disdain for the actions of slavery and this was clearly elucidated by them (Young 167).