Posted On: Nov. 1, 2017
History The American Revolution led to the abolishment of slavery in the northern colonies, and created struggles for slave owners in the southern colonies. Slave owners in the South fought emancipation policies due to the labor demands for plantation maintenance (Digital History, 2014). The American Revolution also created a foothold which encouraged many slaves to run away from their owners, and many were able to gain their freedom. Contradictions identified in the American pursuit of liberty and the idea that all men were created equal led to free blacks and slaves to fight for equality (Digital History, 2014). The French Revolution promoted an end to slavery in the French colonies. Travelers from France would bring news of the Revolution to the French colony of Saint Domingue. The mulattos of Saint Domingue demanded equality and representation in the National Assembly. Because the slave population far outnumbered the white population, a rebellion was created to fight for freedom. Although the slaves initially struggled in the rebellion due to disorganization and lack of weapons, they were over time, able to gain their freedom in corroboration with the French government. (2014). The impact of the revolution on slavery. Digital History. Retrieved from http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu on 9/25/2014. The reaction to American Revolution was mixed. While in the northern colonies, it led to abolition of slavery, but in the southern states, the slave owners fought tooth and nail. The reason for the same was very simple. Planters were in need of cheap labor which they had by way of slaves. The revolution encouraged slaves to run away from their owners and in this process several of them gained freedom. In the case of France, slaves outnumbered the white population but were initially disorganized. It took them some time to unite and fight for their freedom. The support of French government was also instrumental in expediting the process of abolition.