What group did the colonists defend in their revolt against the British?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I don't necessarily see the colonists defending any particular group other than themselves.  The colonists' fight was their own.  They did not seek to reach out to people of color or Native Americans in their struggle.  The Colonial mission was not one whereby a broad coalition or solidarity with other marginalized groups.  It seemed that the Colonists spoke from their own point of view, feeling that their fight with England was one in which only they could really participate.  This might help to advocate the argument that the primary motivation of the Colonists in their struggle was a material or economic motive.  Had there been some larger political message regarding human rights or the condition of humanity, there would have been a stronger statement against slavery, or the condition of women, and even the treatment of Native Americans.  It was in the general neglect of these groups that I think one sees the Colonists speak only for their own condition, and defend their own interests.  Little in way of social or broad based movements was advocated.

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