This is how the common cause argument changed after the war began. And it was a process deeply involving many of the same men who would write about natural rights and men being created equal. I argue that that this darker valence of the “common cause” argument was a foundational narrative to the creation of the United States: Fear & prejudice was how they explained the Revolution in official proclamations. It’s at the heart of the Declaration of Independence – the final grievance, the deal breaker, is about the King’s employing slaves & Indians.
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