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How did leader and propagandists of the American Revolution use the metaphor of slavery and race to describe the relationship of the American colonist to the British crown?how did the famous British writer, Samuel Johnson,respond to these comparisons to slavery, and the "yelps for liberty" of the leaders of the Revolution?

Revolutionary leaders accused the British of treating colonists as slaves by taking away their fundamental rights as free men.  There are many metaphors in writings about the colonies being put in chains.  Johnson made his famous comments about the colonists' demands by pointing out that they were not giving liberty to their own slaves: "How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?"

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Michael Troy


My specialties are 17th through 19th Century history, especially in the Americas and Europe. I also have a fair knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman History, and some knowledge of Medieval European history. My expertise is focuses on Military and political history, but I`ll take a crack at anything.


I have been a guest lecturer at George Washington University. Mostly, I have just read hundreds of books about world history.


J.D. Univ. of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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