Slavery In The South

The Workers Of The Revolution

The Importance of Slavery In The Revolution

The sun blazes in the air and mosquitoes buzz around your face. Your hands are blistered and your back is bleeding from the whip marks. Sweat dribbles from your nose as the other slaves reach down to pick up the crop. Being a slave is hard work, especially when you barely get enough to eat. No one even says thank you, and they consider you their property. While you struggle to live without freedom, your owners fight for theirs. Life as a slave in the south during the American Revolution was hard. The slaves did a great deal to participate in the American Revolution, but hardly get any recognition. Slaves helped both the British and Americans, especially by fighting in the battles, willingly or by force (Ayres, 1). The house and field slaves helped support the colonies with their endless labor (Reiss, Oscar). Slaves could also be influential figures during the Revolution, such as Phillis Wheatley (McLendon, 5). Slaves played a significant role in the revolution that is often looked over, such as, participating in the army, being the backbone of the Revolution, and inspiring the colonists.

The Slaves Helped The Patriot Cause In Many Ways

  • The Blacks fought in the Revolutionary War, serving in many positions.
  • They were sometimes forced to fight, other times, they fought willingly with the promise of freedom. (Oscar, 229).
  • Slaves did supporting roles such as farming and household chores. (Linde, 8)
  • There were over half a million slaves in the colonies. (Ayres, Para.2)
  • Phillis Wheatley was an African American woman, who was a free slave. She wrote poems during the Revolutionary War and inspired many people.
  • Some of her poems were, "On the Affray in King- Street, on the Evening of the 5th of March", inspired by the Boston Massacre, and "To A Gentlemen of the Navy", about the Royal offices in the homes.