American Revolution



AmericanRevolution: Role of American Non-Elites

TheAmerican founders may have been the principal custodians of the, but the vigor to elevate the rebellion thatclimaxed in the triumph of the American Rebellion developed from allclasses and races of the American society. The Unidentified AmericanRebellion drives us into the spin of thoughts, criticisms, barbarity,and expectations that energized the Revolutionary eras. It expressesof the energies of an inclusive range of men and women who marchedonward amongst unpromising, devastating, but ultimately fruitful warto carve in a clean account of their philosophies for the nature ofAmerica that they expected would arise from the bloody eight-yearstruggle. The colonial non-elites i.e. the African Americans, thewomen and the poor white men have been characterized to be involvedin the . This paper analyses the meaning of therevolution for colonial non-elites, how they were involved in theRevolution and whether it had a lasting significance for their lives.

Thenew era preachers and confined Africans, frontier sorcerers anddockside ears,irritatedwomen and distressed Indians–all had their peculiar aggressive imageof what a self-governing America could and should be. AmericanRevolution was indeed people powered composed of civil wars at homeas well as armed rebellion against the colonialist. It’s throughthis struggle that a Boston man George Robert Twelves Hewes emergedto play the crucial role of fighting for his country. George RobertT. was an ordinary shoemaker who contributed much in key AmericanRevolution events such as the Boston Massacre as well as the TeaParty.

Heweswas a good example of a man from “humble classes” that indeedmade the rebellion successful (Young, 563). Hewes`s commemorationsas riddled through his profiles talks of a man who got changed byhis involvements into a lively citizen with a sense of his personalworth a person viewed as nothing and now felt of having becomesomeone with self-worth. Almost like a “man in the street” inBoston as Malcon referred him, Hewes funded greatly to the results ofthe many significant events in (Young, 594). Inhis old age in pursuit for personal credit, he backed the salvage ofthe Boston Tea Party an iconic public event in the America`shistory.The American liberation was attained with the meager population, whowere compelled into the service. However, Estate owners andsupervisorswere all exempted from the service by the time the rebellion startedthis made themilitia to be composed of the poor as American elites spent much oftheir time reviewing the colonial rules living the rebellion to thepoor

Othermajor players who contributed greatly towards the revolution inAmerica were women who supported the soldiers during the war such asnurses who did the custodial works like feeding the patients, cookingfor the hospital staff and patients as well as cleaning the clinicalfacilities. Other nurses were merely compelled followers as they fledaway from enemies and wanted the security of their men who had leftfor the war. Women also acted as spies in the British camps in orderto gather information about the arrangements of the British forces.

Theroles played by women were of paramount importance as they geared thearmy spirit and effort toward the revolution era. However, AfricanAmericans played a huge role in the a goodexample being the battle of Lexington, where the black soldiersplayed a significant role. These soldiers who were majorly blackslaves served in the continental army throughout the battle. Anothermajor battle was the battle of Bunker Hill at Ticonderoga.Asit was noted by Washington, American victory largely depended onwhich side armed the Negroes first. This clearly indicates thecrucial role played by the black American in the revolution majorlyin the New York battle.Inaddition, the battle of Lexington black American soldiers played asignificant role in earning the victory.

Theabove battles clearly show the major roles played by the AfricanAmerican in the process of liberating America. The poor whites alsoplayed a significant role in this rebellion to realizeself-governance in America, a good example being George Robert T.H aBoston shoemaker and the son of George Hewes. Hewes went through atroubled life as he constantly collided with the British army whoeven at one time burnt down his shop for firewood. Thisdiscouragement triggered his activism and he even turned out duringthe night of Boston Massacre. This represents what the ordinary menwent through and their response and role they played in the rebellionera.

Theabove group played a crucial role in the liberation of America and itis through their involvement in the battle that America obtained itsself-governance. This revolutionist led to the development ofdiscomfort about the legitimacy of slavery and finally led to theabolition of slavery and the creation of the first anti-slaveryorganization, the Pennsylvania Society, which was followed by thecreation of other movements aimed at seeing a reduction or abolitionof slavery. The poor white on the other hand benefited equally whenthey gained freedom as a result of self-governance this meant a lotto them as George Robert puts it.

Someof the above groups did not have noble idealistic reasons for doingit but found themselves in the middle of it. African Americansparticipated because the battle gave them a better living out ofslavery as they were promised great returns and more so their freedomwhich indeed meant a lot to them. On the other hand, the poornon-elite white Americans had a lot to gain from the rebellion asfreedom meant more to them freedom would have seen them participatein their daily activities without any fear, it would see them engagein economic as well as social activities which would indeed turntheir life around. It is this reasons that made this group to wholeheartedly play the part in the revolution process.


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