Domestic insurrections in the Declaration of Independence

betgo

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Jul 2011
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“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”
Apparently, "domestic insurrections" refers to slave revolts and slaves being recruited in the British military. This is in the same sentence discussing native Americans fighting in alliance with the British.
 
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Keep in mind the American Revolution was not popular with many Americans as well. Many Tories moved to Canada without compensation from property seized by their neighbors. The American Frontiersmen also waged "War to the Knife" against neighboring Indian Tribes. Half the Iroquois Nations moved to Canada.

Pruitt
 

Code Blue

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Feb 2015
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Apparently, "domestic insurrections" refers to slave revolts and slaves being recruited in the British military.
I believe that is what it refers to. I have tried unsuccessfully to access the records of these meetings. The on-line database was like kudzu.


I believe that "insurrection" phrase is the remnant of this much longer one, motivated by The KIng's veto of an anti slave trade bill passed in Virginia.
"He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the Christian King of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where Men should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or restrain this execrable commerce. And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people on whom he has obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed again the Liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another. "

(Looks like the hand of Jefferson).

I don't think many people realize or care, but the slave trade was far worse than slavery. The people spent months chained to the bottom of a ship, inches apart, in their own waste. This is why so many died, and why being crew on such a ship was not exactly "safe."

This "insurrection" complaint you ask about now fits with the a previous thread you started where you mentioned the Quebec Act of 1774. Both are perceived by the Colonists are upsetting their domestic tranquility by forcing other cultures into their midst of the Colonists. KG3 was playing the age-old game of divide and conquer, making people easier to rule by putting the population at war with itself (from Old Testament times to today, this is how it's done). It is the same complaint the southern states would make against the radical abolitionists in the secession causes documents (eg, GA: "attempting to excite insurrection").

So, in sum, George is forcing the slaves among them, and back-dooring them with the Canadians and Indians. What do you suppose he is up to? lol

Looks like you have been making an exploration of the Declaration. Keep us in the loop.
 
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Edratman

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Feb 2009
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Keep in mind the American Revolution was not popular with many Americans as well. Many Tories moved to Canada without compensation from property seized by their neighbors.

Pruitt
Your timing is wrong on this. The Tories left after the revolution and the Declaration of Independence was written st the beginning of the revolution.
 

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