The Negro in the American Revolution / Edition 1

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Overview

Originally published in 1961, this classic work remains the most comprehensive history of the many and important roles played by African Americans during the American Revolution. With this book, Benjamin Quarles added a new dimension to the military history of the Revolution and addressed for the first time the diplomatic repercussions created by the British evacuation of African Americans at the close of the war. The compelling narrative brings the Revolution to life by portraying those tumultuous years as experienced by Americans at all levels of society.

In an introduction, Gary B. Nash traces the evolution of scholarship on African Americans in the American Revolution from its early roots with William C. Nell to this groundbreaking study. Quarles's work not only reshaped our thinking about the black revolutionary experience but also invigorated the study of black history as we know it today.

Thad W. Tate, in a foreword, pays tribute to the importance of this work and explains its continuing relevance.

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Meet the Author

Benjamin Quarles was professor of history at Morgan State University in Baltimore. His many authored or edited books include The Negro in the Civil War and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Preface
I Uncertain Trumpet 3
II "Lord Dunmore's Ethiopian Regiment" 19
III The Negro and the Rights of Man 33
IV Policy Reversal above the Potamac 51
V Arms-Bearers for America 68
VI Behind the Man behind the Gun 94
VII The British and the Blacks 111
VIII In the King's Service 134
IX Evacuation with the British 158
X Heirs of the Same Promise 182
Bibliography 201
Index 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2002

    great book

    great book about the truth of negroes in the rev. war.

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