Brier Creek, John Furling, Briar Creek discussed on American Revolution Podcast

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There's also an audiobook version. If you prefer to listen to it rather than read so if you wanna book that focuses on the war in the south you might wanna try winning independence by john furling. My online recommendation does focus just on brier creek and it's one of the sources that really helped me with today's episode. It's a master's thesis that i found online called an unfortunate affair the battle of briar creek and the aftermath in georgia by henry williams. It was written in two thousand twelve and it really takes a close look at this battle. It's about seventy pages long and it's available from the georgia southern university's website. So if you want to read more specifically about brier creek. This is a great resource as always. I've included a link to it on my website at an revved. Podcast dot com. How my question this week involves the tricky issue of slavery. The questioner asks some disingenuous. People say the american revolution was about slavery slavery. How ever it was abolishing england in eighteen. Thirty three wooden colonial slave owners benefit from stable. English rule rather than revolution can result in property seizure. So as i said this is kind of a tricky question because it is a little bit nuanced. The wisdom controversy a couple years ago when the new york times sixteen nineteen project released some quotes which essentially said that the revolution was started in part at least to protect the institution of slavery in america. The project has since retracted. This comments and issued some much more vague comments on the subject. The basis for their argument comes from the case of somerset. V stewart. Which is something. I discussed way back in episode fifty eight but it involved a colonist who brought his slave to england. The slave escaped and the master recaptured. Him imprisoned him and announced that he intended to sell him to a plantation in jamaica. The slave went to court arguing. That britain had no law that recognizes status as a slave and therefore he was illegally imprisoned. Having not committed any crime. The court agreed. The judge found that there was no basis for slavery under british common law and that there was no statute in england that recognize his condition as a slave somerset was released as a free man. No doubt this was an important decision. The judge was lord mansfield. Who was a very important jurist. In britain at the time and many point to this case as a milestone on the move to the eventual abolition of all slavery within the british empire many decades later. But that said hey can by itself. this seventeen. Seventy two decision did not in slavery anywhere and did not directly threaten slavery in the colonies where slavery was established by statute not by common law. Even so there is some argument that colonial leaders particularly in south carolina so this decision as a concern and maeve encourage some leaders to join the movement seeking more autonomy from rule by parliament. Some historians have stretched that into arguing that slavery was in fact a cause of the revolution and that the fear of ending slavery caused many southerners to join the revolution..

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