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The Effects of the American Revolution J Franklin Jamesons book The American Revolution Considered as a Social Movement explains how our revolution was more than a war for political change to democracy The revolution caused a social movement in addition to the political purpose of it This social movement caused many changes in America changes that far exceeded a switch to a democracy First Jameson said that the war affected American society by changing the status of persons During the war the Continental Congress of 1774 had stopped the Trans-Atlantic slave trade They made a non-importation agreement which said We will neither import nor purchase and slave imported after the first day of December next after which we will wholly discontinue the slave trade and will neither be concerned in it ourselves or will we hire our vessels nor sell our commodities or manufactures to those who are concerned in it The terms of this agreement were carried out and throughout the war it was followed Jameson said that slavery was ended in much of the US by the war and abolishment of slavery became a political force Pennsylvania made an act in which slavery would be abolished gradually which said that no black person born after 1780 should be held in any sort of bondage after he became 28 years old Up to that age his services would be like that of an indentured servant or an apprentice The Superior Court of Massachusetts declared that slavery had been abolished in that state by its constitution which states all men are born free and equal Connecticut and Rhode Island passed acts in 1782 that said that any owner of slaves might freely release all his slaves if he made sure that their support should not become a public burden In eight years it led to the freeing of more than ten thousand slaves Jameson also made a point about
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