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Black Americans in the Revolutionary Era

A Brief History with Documents

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Bedford

Pages: 208
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The Bedford Series in History and Culture

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23 January 2009

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In this fresh look at liberty and freedom in the Revolutionary era from the perspective of black Americans, Woody Holton recounts the experiences of slaves who seized freedom by joining the British as well as those — slave...

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In this fresh look at liberty and freedom in the Revolutionary era from the perspective of black Americans, Woody Holton recounts the experiences of slaves who seized freedom by joining the British as well as those — slave and free — who served in Patriot military forces.

Holton’s introduction examines the conditions of black American life on the eve of colonial independence and the ways in which Revolutionary rhetoric about liberty provided African Americans with the language and inspiration for advancing their cause. Despite the rhetoric, however, most black Americans remained enslaved after the Revolution. The introduction outlines ways African Americans influenced the course of the Revolution and continued to be affected by its aftermath.

Amplifying these themes are nearly forty documents that testify to the diverse goals and actions of African Americans during the Revolutionary era. 

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  • Includes a number of diverse documents including personal narratives, petitions, letters, poems, advertisements, pension applications, and images

  • Document headnotes and annotations, a chronology, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, and index offer additional pedagogical support

  • Provides a synthesis of evidence and voices which gives students a rich introduction to the history of this period

PART I: INTRODUCTION
Black Americans on the Eve of White Independence
Black Americans and the Coming of the American Revolution
African Americans in the Revolutionary War
Challenging Slavery
Revolutionary Legacies
PART II: THE DOCUMENTS
Black Americans and the Coming of the American Revolution, 1750–1775
African Americans in the Revolutionary War, 1775–1783
Challenging Slavery, 1776–1787
Revolutionary Legacies, 1785–1855
APPENDICES
A Chronology of Black Americans in the Revolutionary Era
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography.
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WOODY HOLTON is an Associate Professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia, USA.

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WOODY HOLTON is an Associate Professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia, USA.

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