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Revolutionary War (often referred to as the “American Revolution”) emerged from conflicts between the colonial governments of Great Britain’s American colonies and the British monarchy’s representative in those colonies (1775–83). The colonists’ frustration with “becoming their Negroes” ignited the American Revolution. They thought that white people should not be treated as slaves by the British government. The war was mostly about liberating America from the British Empire, yet it had a wide range of effects on slavery across the colonies (Blumrosen, 2006).

It’s easy to see how the Revolutionary War helped keep slavery in place in a colonial setting like Virginia. With the rising popularity of the Revolution, the conditions of black slaves deteriorated. In contrast, small landowners and indentured servants became socially equal to wealthy planters and businesspeople. They claimed this as “freedom,” which made them seem to rise above blacks and made slaves identified as property instead of allowing them to become equal to white men.

The position of the Native Americans was significantly weakened by the end of the American Revolution in many ways. When the Native Americans allied themselves with the British, they were promised that the Native Americans could keep their land. When the British were defeated, they did not keep promises they’d made to help their Indian allies keep their territory (Blumrosen & Blumrosen, 2006). Instead, the Treaty of Paris, which had been signed to end the war, granted the United States vast amounts of supposedly British-owned regions that were the Indian’s lands.

On the contrary, several colonists tried to undermine the institution of slavery. Some of these antislavery colonists were John Woolman and Anthony Benezet. In the light of the Revolution, Woolman and Benezet brought slavery under public scrutiny, especially within the Middle Colonies of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Deleware. Benezet also authored numerous antislavery pamphlets as time went on, more and more colonists, especially in the northern half of the colonies. By the mid-1760s, slaves had vocalized their hurt and pain. All of this combined began the birth of the antislavery movement, which was started through a domino effect of the American Revolution (Blumrosen & Blumrosen, 2006).

A startling number of slaves were released due to the Revolution, and tens of thousands more were set free by fleeing. The slave population in Georgia before the conflict was reduced by 5,000. (Kolchin, 2021).The morality of slavery and its compatibility with the nation’s fundamental creeds provoked unmatched arguments in the United States throughout the Revolutionary War. There was no eradication of slavery in the Revolutionary War. But there was instant and gradual freedom for slaves in the northern states. It’s no secret that the war had a negative impact on the South’s slave system, as seen by the decline in productivity and the enslavement of thousands of people. Slavery persisted throughout the South after the Revolution, despite the efforts of a few slaveholders, particularly in Virginia. During the late 1700s and early 1800s, slavery grew more lucrative and expanded into the West and the South (Kolchin, 2021).

The American Revolution, in my opinion, did more to end the institution of slavery. The work of the antislavery movement, especially in the northern colonies, pushed more and more Americans to take action against slavery. The birth of the antislavery movement in the American Revolution made it possible for the end of slavery to come in 1865.


Blumrosen, A. W., & Blumrosen, R. G. (2006). Slave nation: how slavery united the colonies and sparked the American Revolution. Sourcebooks, Inc.

Kolchin, P. (2021). Slavery and the American Revolution. Slavery and Emancipation, 87-122.