How did black people use the language of the natural rights in freedom petitions to argue for their freedom and the abolition of slavery?

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  • 11 months ago
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    The colonists’ revolutionary struggle against British political authority also raised issues about equality and human rights at home. Enslaved people throughout the colonies seized upon the rhetoric of liberty and equality to point out the contradiction of fighting Great Britain over principles not fully followed by the colonies themselves; they also appealed to Christian precepts. Scores of petitions flooded the newly established state legislatures. This one, submitted to the Massachusetts General Court in 1777, linked the cause of American freedom with the struggle of African Americans for liberty. Several lawsuits seeking freedom were successful. When Quok Walker sued for his freedom and back wages in 1781, the Massachusetts Chief Justice ruled that his enslavement violated the new state constitution’s statement that “men are born free and Equal.” His case effectively ended slavery in Massachusetts and other New England states.

  • Athena
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    Actually, your textbook has a whole section on that. AND your teacher covered that in her talk in class this week. Just refer to your notes.

  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    Where do you get a question like this?

  • 11 months ago

    They did not, it was white people,

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  • 12 months ago

    This sounds like a homework question. That means you have already covered this question in class.

  • Phil
    Lv 6
    12 months ago

    I thought white people argued for their freedom/ abolition of slavery.

    I do not believe that black slaves quoted " natural rights" such as in the US Declaration of Independence in " freedom petitions".

    quoting naturals rights similar to " We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

    Please show me some proof.

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