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Black Heroes of the American Revolution

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Crispus Attucks is known as the escaped slave whose freedom ended when he died in the Boston Massacre, but there are many other lesser-known black men and women who made enormous contributions to U.S. independence. Readers will discover Edward Hector, the brave wagoner of Brandywine; artilleryman and slave Austin Dabney; William Lee, the aide and closest companion of George Washington throughout the war; and many others.
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Overview

Crispus Attucks is known as the escaped slave whose freedom ended when he died in the Boston Massacre, but there are many other lesser-known black men and women who made enormous contributions to U.S. independence. Readers will discover Edward Hector, the brave wagoner of Brandywine; artilleryman and slave Austin Dabney; William Lee, the aide and closest companion of George Washington throughout the war; and many others.
     Includes a bibliography, a foreword by Senator Edward W. Brooke, and an index.

An account of the black soldiers, sailors, spies, scouts, guides, and wagoners who participated and sacrificed in the struggle for American independence.

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"In a very readable style, the author relates the stories of a few of the approximately 5,000 black soldiers who participated in the Revolution, emphasizing their unselfishness fighting a war from which few would substantially benefit."—School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These comprehensive studies attest to African American contributions in significant areas of our country's development. Ages 8-12. Jan.
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
While the American Revolution was fought as the war that would bring freedom and liberty to America, a great many Americans who fought would not be allowed their freedom. Despite the odds against them, many black men joined the cause and many became heroes of the war. Many African-American men have their actions recorded in this book, yet there were dozens more whose names were lost or never known. This brief narrative chronicles the black Revolutionary War heroes that are recorded in history and includes many of the honors and notations about the respect they received during and after the war. While many back war heroes did receive pensions and rewards, just as many were ignored or had to fight for the rights due them. The text is riveting and helps to underscore the dreadful history that African Americans have had to endure from the very beginning of the history of the United States. Davis has included black-and-white images of portraits, paintings and documents referenced in the text, but the images are rather poor quality and it is sometimes difficult to discern what is being shown. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152085612
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 162,477
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

BURKE DAVIS is a historian and noted author associated with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He has written more than thirty books, many about the colonial period in American history. He lives in southwestern Virginia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    alright

    Black heroes of the american revolution was an alright book. I only read it because I had to do a four page on it.

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