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Black Americans in the Revolutionary Era
First EditionWoody Holton©2009
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Focused on the conditions of black American life on the eve of revolution, Black Americans in the Revolutionary Era looks at the ways in which Revolutionary rhetoric about liberty provided African Americans with the language and inspiration for advancing their cause, although many remained enslaved after the war was over. Taking the persepctive of black Americans gives you a fresh look at liberty and freedom in the Revolutionary era.
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Table of Contents
- Fugitive Slave Advertisements, 1750–1774
- Briton Hammon, A Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings, and Surprising Deliverance, of Briton Hammon, A Negro Man, 1760
- James Otis, The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved, 1764
- Landon Carter, Plantation Diary, March 22, 1770
- "Felix," Petition to Governor, Council, and House of Representatives of Massachusetts, January 6, 1773
- Massachusetts African Americans, Petition to Local Representatives, April 20, 1773
- Patrick Henry, Letter to Robert Pleasants, January 18, 1773
- Phillis Wheatley, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, 1773
On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield
On Being Brought from Africa to America
- Phillis Wheatley, Letter to Samsom Occom, February 11, 1774
Chapter 2: African Americans in the Revolutionary War, 1775–1783
- Andrew Estave, Letter in the Virginia Gazette, July 20, 1775
- John Murray, Lord Dunmore, A Proclamation, November 7, 1775
- Wartime Fugitive Slave Advertisements, 1776–1782
- Extract of a Letter from Monmouth County, June 21, 1780
- Sergeant Murphy Steele, Deposition Reporting a Supernatural Encounter, August 16, 1781
- John Trumbull, Battle of Bunker’s Hill, 1786
- Jacob Francis, Revolutionary War Pension Application, 1836
Chapter 3: Challenging Slavery, 1776–1787
- Thomas Jefferson, Original Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence, 1776
- New Hampshire Slaves, Freedom Petition, November 12, 1779
- Free Blacks in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Petition against Taxation without Representation, February 10, 1780
- William Cushing, Charge to the Jury in the Case of Quok Walker, 1783
- Susan Sedgwick, Elizabeth Freeman, 1811
Chapter 4: Revolutionary Legacies, 1785–1855
- John Marrant, Narrative, July 18, 1785
- Citizens of Halifax County, Virginia, Petition Defending Slavery, November 10, 1785
- Prince Hall and Other "African Blacks," Petition to the Massachusetts Legislature for Return to Africa, January 4, 1787
- Free African Society, Charter, April 12, 1787
- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1788
- Rose Fortune, 1780s?
- Benjamin Banneker and Thomas Jefferson, Exchange of Letters, August 19 and 30, 1791
- Saul, Petition to the Virginia State Legislature, October 9, 1792
- David George, An Account of the Life of Mr. David George from Sierra Leone, Africa, Given by Himself, 1793
- Boston King, Memoirs of the Life of Boston King, A Black Preachers, Written by Himself, July 4, 1796
- Freemen from North Carolina, Petition to Congress, January 23, 1797
- Prosser’s Ben, Mr. Price’s John, and Ben Woolfolk, Testimony against Gabriel, October 6, 1800
- Raphaelle Peale, Absalom Jones, 1810
- Paul Cuffee, Memoir of Captain Paul Cuffee, October 1811
- William C. Nell, Colored Patriots of the American Revolution, 1855