Four facts to remember on the 4th of July:

Jul 4, 2022 by

1. At the time of the American Revolution, there were about 500,000
enslaved Black people in the U.S. By 1860, there were 4.5 million people
held in bondage, a 900% increase!

2. By contrast, in 1832 British parliament passed the Slave Emancipation
Act abolishing slavery in most of the Caribbean, South Africa and

3. More Blacks supported the British than the colonists in the American

4. Upon the victory of the Revolution, the new U.S. controlled the
eastern part of the North American continent. By 1860, the U.S. had
massacred and displaced Native peoples “from sea to shining sea,”
seizing their land and resources and destroying their way of life.

In short, the American Revolution set off an expansionist orgy of
slavery, Native extermination, and white settler colonialism.

See, for example, Gerald Horne, The Counter-Revolution of 1776.

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