Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence

Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence

by Alan Gilbert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226293076

ISBN-13: 9780226293073

Pub. Date: 04/20/2012

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

We commonly think of the American Revolution as simply the war for independence from British colonial rule. But, of course, that independence actually applied to only a portion of the American population—African Americans would still be bound in slavery for nearly another century. Alan Gilbert asks us to rethink what we know about the Revolutionary War, to

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Overview

We commonly think of the American Revolution as simply the war for independence from British colonial rule. But, of course, that independence actually applied to only a portion of the American population—African Americans would still be bound in slavery for nearly another century. Alan Gilbert asks us to rethink what we know about the Revolutionary War, to realize that while white Americans were fighting for their freedom, many black Americans were joining the British imperial forces to gain theirs. Further, a movement led by sailors—both black and white—pushed strongly for emancipation on the American side. There were actually two wars being waged at once: a political revolution for independence from Britain and a social revolution for emancipation and equality.

Gilbert presents persuasive evidence that slavery could have been abolished during the Revolution itself if either side had fully pursued the military advantage of freeing slaves and pressing them into combat, and his extensive research also reveals that free blacks on both sides played a crucial and underappreciated role in the actual fighting. Black Patriots and Loyalists contends that the struggle for emancipation was not only basic to the Revolution itself, but was a rousing force that would inspire freedom movements like the abolition societies of the North and the black loyalist pilgrimages for freedom in Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226293073
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/20/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
669,768
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Introduction
Fear, Hope, and the Two Revolutions in America
Chapter 1
Lord Dunmore, Black Insurrection, and the Independence Movement in  Virginia and South Carolina
Chapter 2
Emancipation and Revolution: The Conjunction of Pragmatism and Principle
Chapter 3
The Laurens Family and Emancipation
Chapter 4
Black Fighters for Freedom: Patriot Recruitment and the Two Revolutions
Chapter 5
Black Fighters for Freedom: British Recruitment and the Two Revolutions
Chapter 6
Black Fighters in the Two Revolutions
Chapter 7
Honor in Defeat
Chapter 8
Postwar Black Emigrations: The Search for Freedom and Self-Government
Chapter 9
Democratic Internationalism and the Seeds of Freedom

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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