Students will identify ways that slavery was a key component of the escalating conflicts between England and the North American colonies in the period from 1763 to 1776. Maps to Key Concepts 2, 3, 5, 6, 9 & 10
What else should my students know?
5.A The Revenue Act (Sugar Act) of 1763 was an attempt to raise money from the North American colonies by regulating trade with the West Indies. It bolstered the economies of the British West Indies at the expense of merchants on the North American continent.
5.B The Declaration of Independence addressed slavery in several ways, including Jefferson's indictment of the crown's initiation of the slave trade (deleted from the final draft) and the charge that the king had "excited domestic insurrection among us."
5.C Colonists used the metaphor of slavery to protest British laws and policies.
5.D Free and enslaved people of color used the language of the Revolution to argue for their own rights.
How can I teach this?
- For colonists using the metaphor of slavery, see the 1764 tract by James Otis, “The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved.”
- Several documents demonstrate the ways that enslaved colonists argued for their rights, including: