a-Mer-I-Ka is In ‘dependence’
You can provide knowledge. You cannot force action.
You can provide compassion. You cannot force humility.
You can provide relief but not the desire for it.
Fools refuse change because they foolishly believe change is bad.
Propaganda was perfected in colonist America. The use of language as a weapon is an art. It was considered a requirement in the efforts of creating sympathy and support for the Patriotic desire to break with Great Britain and its King. The ‘patriots’ concluded that “these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States.”
(manifest destiny is propaganda)
America is founded on fears and propaganda. In 1775, Americans had an enslaved population of 600,000 indentured servant/slaves. Mostly these were known as Savage Indians and also as Negroes.
At the same time, colonist Americans were opposing English tyranny over themselves. A quandary indeed.
Nowhere but in a democracy must leaders sell and coalesce opinions even though their position on delicate matters are not commonly or widely accepted. The control that ‘the patriots’ exercised over the population was of the soft, weak variety. The use of propaganda was necessary and a primary action in their minds.
October 14, 1774 was also known as the “Declaration of Rights and Grievances”, a list of “infringements and violations” by Parliament and the Crown that, in the Congress’s words, “demonstrate a system formed to enslave America.”
propaganda blended w mercenaries
King George’s use of Hessian paid assassins, “mercenaries” from modern-day Germany to fight on behalf of the British during the Revolutionary War,
was considered an action “to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages.”
“plundering our seas, ravaging our Coasts, burning our towns, and destroying the lives of our people.”
“cutting off our trade with all parts of the World.”
Propaganda always serves propagandists. Patriots were fighting England and Natural Born Americans.
humans as possessions
African slaves and the Native Americans/Indians were all victims in the American revolution. Words used in the grievances to identify them were simply propaganda to capitalize on fears. Barbarous acts and fears of uprisings by those who were different than themselves were sold as grievances which played on their emotional reactions. Squashing any ability to apply logic and rationality.
The Declaration of Independence did not define or demand a revised concept of liberty. It did achieve, via the presentation of propagandized grievances, a picture of how promises previously defining an approved concept of liberty had now been diminished in the colonies. Most of the grievances did not impact the population of the colonies equally.
does America law approve slavery
The Declaration does not justify enslavement of any human being. “On the contrary, the “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”
The passage and the anti-slavery clause in the original draft of the document demonstrate that Jefferson believed all humans were entitled to ‘certain unalienable rights’ – such as liberty and the pursuit of happiness – regardless of their abilities and that he understood that slavery violated these unalienable rights. The race factor is not contemplated, as Jefferson expresses a universal principle, which applies to Europeans as well as Africans.
Jefferson’s views on slavery and race are easily understandable in “Notes on the State of Virginia.” He, as well as the other Founders believed in racial supremacism, true, but it’s also clear that they was strong opponents of slavery and that the unalienable rights were never intended for a ‘select’, delimited group of people.
reference teaches reverence
The Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia: July 4, 1776.
Edmund C. Burnett, Letters of Members of the Constitutional Congress (Washington, DC: The Carnegie institution of Washington, 1921-1936), 2:57. See also John Adams to Moses Gill, June 10, 1775, founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/06-03-02-0014.
Samuel Adams to James Warren, December 9, 1772, in “Warren-Adams Letters, being chiefly a correspondence among John Adams, Samuel adams, and James Warren,” Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1917), 1:14.