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Black Americans in the Revolutionary Era: A Brief History with Documents
by Woody Holton
In this fresh look at liberty and freedom in the Revolutionary era from the perspective of black Americans, Woody Holton recounts the experiences of slaves who seized freedom by joining the British as well as those — slave and free — who served in Patriot military forces. Holton’s introduction examines the conditions of black American life on the eve of colonial independen ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 23rd 2009 by Bedford/St. Martin's
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Things are not what they seem. Reading about Jefferson's remarks about slaves and Patrick Henry's support of slavery even thought he knew it was wrong... qyite a revelation !!!!There is a l---o---n---g history of oppression and racism in this country. Whew! the things our founding father's said, can make you sick.
I thought this book was perfect for its purpose. Holton adds analysis and information on top of primary sources. You get to read documents from the time and make your own conclusions. It was also very interesting to see documents by black Americans in this era since those are generally rare.