African-American Soldiers in the Revolutionary War

African-American Soldiers in the Revolutionary War

by Lucia Raatma
     
 

Enslaved African-Americans fought on both sides of the Revolutionary War. More than 100,000 slaves fought with the loyalists, while others protested British presence on the patriot side. Initially, only free blacks were permitted to join the patriot cause, but eventually slaves took part, fighting both side-by-side with slaveholders and in all-black units. Many

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Enslaved African-Americans fought on both sides of the Revolutionary War. More than 100,000 slaves fought with the loyalists, while others protested British presence on the patriot side. Initially, only free blacks were permitted to join the patriot cause, but eventually slaves took part, fighting both side-by-side with slaveholders and in all-black units. Many played prominent roles in famous battles such as Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, and Brandywine; still, none ever rose above the rank of private.

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Children's Literature - Heather N. Kolich
After providing succinct, reader-friendly background information about the Revolutionary War and slavery in the American Colonies, Raatma profiles the heroic Revolutionary War service of fifteen African-American patriots and two regiments of African-American soldiers, one loyalist and one patriot. Beginning with the death of Crispus Attucks in the 1775 Boston Massacre, each profile details the brave, dangerous and humanitarian actions of soldiers disenfranchised from the nations they fought to preserve in the hope that they too would enjoy the privileges of freedom. The profiles follow several of the soldiers—some freemen, some slaves—into the lives they led after the end of the war. With the exception of the politically correct inclusion of one female African-American poet, neither a soldier nor a contributor to the resolution of the war, the book flows from exploit to exploit with an easy, natural pace. Raatma fittingly concludes with the U.S. Civil War, in which nearly 200,000 African-American soldiers fought and during which all U.S. slaves were emancipated. Reviewer: Heather N. Kolich

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756538484
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
We the People: Revolution and the New Nation Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
1020L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Lucia Raatma received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of South Carolina and her master’s degree in cinema studies from New York University. She has written a wide range of books for young people. She lives with her family in Florida.

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