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Black Patriots and Loyalists

Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence
Gilbert, Alan (Book - 2012)
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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 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.


Authors: Gilbert, Alan
Statement of Responsibility: Alan Gilbert
Title: Black patriots and loyalists
fighting for emancipation in the war for independence
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2012]
Characteristics: xvi, 369 pages ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-341) and index
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
Subject Headings: Antislavery movements United States History 18th century African American soldiers United States History 18th century United States History Revolution, 1775-1783 Participation, African American
Topical Term: Antislavery movements
African American soldiers
LCCN: 2011035577
ISBN: 0226293076
9780226293073
Branch Call Number: 973.346 G
Research Call Number: Sc E 12-706
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