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Black patriots and loyalists : fighting for emancipation in the War for Independence

Author: Alan Gilbert
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Gilbert
ISBN: 9780226101552 022610155X 9780226293073 0226293076
OCLC Number: 859555957
Description: xvi, 369 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Fear, hope, and the two revolutions in America --
Lord Dunmore, black insurrection, and the independence movement in Virginia and South Carolina --
Emancipation and revolution: the conjunction of pragmatism and principle --
The Laurens family and emancipation --
Black fighters for freedom: patriot recruitment and the two revolutions --
Black fighters for freedom: British recruitment and the two revolutions --
Black fighters in the two revolutions --
Honor in defeat --
Postwar black emigrations: the search for freedom and self-government --
Democratic internationalism and the seeds of freedom.
Responsibility: Alan Gilbert.

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"An elegant and passionate writer, Alan Gilbert pulls no punches, and not surprisingly a number of white founders attract his censure." (Historian) "Drawing on first-person accounts and other primary Read more...

 
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