July 4, 2014

FROM THE ARCHIVES : NOT TO MENTION WWI:

The American Revolution was a flop (Paul Pirie, July 3, 2013, Washington Post)

The easiest way of assessing whether the United States would have been better off without its revolution is to look at those English-speaking countries that rejected the American Revolution and retained the monarchy, particularly Canada, which experienced an influx of American refugees after the British defeat.  [...]

The new republic started advancing life and liberty by keeping a substantial part of its population enslaved. (This, at least, proves the frequent British put-down that Americans don't have a sense of irony.) By contrast, in British-controlled Canada, the abolition of slavery began almost 20 years before the War of 1812, sometimes called America's "Second Revolution." A good number of free blacks fought with the British against the United States in that conflict, even participating in the burning of Washington. And if, as some scholars argue, the Civil War was the unfinished business of the American Revolution, then Americans -- like the Russians -- paid a very high human cost for their revolutions.


Had we stayed under King George, slavery would have been abolished in 1833.

[originally posted : 7/04/13]
Posted by at July 4, 2014 12:44 AM
  

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