To answer this question we would first have to examine who in America felt they had lost freedom, in contrast to those who never had it. The American Revolution was about how the American colonist united together to fight against the oppressive regime of Britain. What people fail to remember is that many people were already oppressed before the war of independence in 13 colonies, as well as afterwards.
Many would say the Stamp Act of 1764 was an oppressive tax which was an act of extortion on all British goods bought by the colonists. Although this is true, what about the extortion of labor from the African slaves and the European immigrants (Indentured servants) imposed by the American Elites? The American Revolution was about independence for the American bourgeoisie class, not the chattel bondmen, indentured servant, or the wage slaves.
People fail to remember at this time the majority of whites were landless just like the Negro slaves. Also at this time the landless whites, women, indentured servants, and Negroes were all different shades of the lower class. During the 18th century landless whites were denied equal rights with the bourgeoisie class and were not allowed to vote! Landless whites did not gain the right to vote in South Carolina until 1856! This is almost 100 years after the states received independence form Britain! The majority of Europeans have always been oppressed in America. European immigrants who were not indentured by the British usually were tricked into serving longer time periods, in order to pay back the shipping company for their ride to the states. Once in the states, the immigrant did not have much to bargain with, seeing he or she had no way back to their homeland, and was taken advantage of by oppressive American redemptioneers.
Gottfried Duden (German Immigrant) wrote a letter in the 19th century about European immigrants who came to the states and sold themselves to redemptioneers to pay off their debt. “The poor Europeans who think they have purchased the land of their desires by the hardships endured during the journey across the sea are enslaved 5, 7, or more years for a sum that any vigorous day laborer earns within six months. The wife is separated form the husband, the children from the parents, perhaps never to see each other again” (Duden, 1829). As we can see from Duden’s experience even after so called Independence Day, European immigrants were treated like slaves and livestock.
In the early 17th century, before racism and social engineering in the colonies begun to form into what we know it as today, white and black indentured servants saw themselves as oppressed brothers. This can be seen in the case of John Punch an African Indentured servant who escaped with two European servants (Victor, and James) in order to free themselves from their oppressive master, Hugh Gwyn (July 9th, 1640, Virginia Governor council). John Punch was also believed to be married to a white indentured servant.
Before this time, racism in the States seemed almost nonexistent! The only segregation that persisted was the bourgeoisie class against the laborers. After the John Punch case, and events like Bacon’s rebellion, where many blacks and white servants would join forces, laws were created to suppress proletariat uprisings. Such laws like Virginia’s 1662 “Partus sequitur ventrem”, the slave codes of Alabama, and many others, were made to segregate the black servants from the whites. These laws caused “white pride” or privileges given to white servants, which initiated racism and segregation as we know it today. The bourgeoisie class used racism, a tool of social engineering to divide and conquer by separating the laboring class.
“Marquis de Chastellux” traveling through Virgina in 1782, said “For the first time in his three years in America, in the midst of those rich plantations, he often saw miserable huts…inhabited by whites whos wan looks and ragged garments bespeak poverty.”
It seemed clear to him that the cause of this poverty was the engrossment of land by the plantation bourgeoisie. The impoverished included those landless European Americans previously noted who stayed in eastern Virginia but with “little but their complexion to console them” (Allen, 1997).
The rich always exploited the poor, this also fueled hatred of blacks, seeing that poor free landless whites had to compete against unpaid slave laborers. This drew a greater wedge between the laboring class, which is exactly what the American bourgeoisie wanted.
While today people celebrate the Independence of on bourgeoisie class form another, they fail to remember that July 4th does not represent the poor masses of America, who till this day have been exploited and always had taxation without representation. Nowadays, not only are people still landless, but are forced to pay for food, water, shelter (taxes included). The majority of landless Americans barely are paid enough to afford the bare necessities of life, due to exploitation and wage slavery. Today, America has become a living nightmare with the pursuit of happiness- a dream come true for a few, but an illusion for many!
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