Thousands of African Americans fought in the American War of Independence. Did you know that as many as one-third of Patriot soldiers at the Battle of Bunker Hill were African Americans? This page is sponsored by Cyberchives.com USA.
Right: Crispus Attucks, first American Patriot to die in the American Revolution
African Americans in the Revolutionary Period
Black Patriots of the American Revolution
by David Barton of Wallbuilders Black History Issue 2004
The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution,
with Sketches of Several Distinguished Colored Persons:
to which is added a Brief Survey of the Condition and Prospects of Colored Americans,
by William C. Nell.
The Declaration of Independence: To What Extent Did It Have Meaning for African Americans?
by John Pyne and Gloria Sesso
Reprinted from the OAH Magazine of History 9 (Spring 1995).
Copyright (c) 1995, Organization of American Historians
Black Puritan, Black Republican: The Life and Thought of Lemuel Haynes, 1753-1833:
A Book Review from the College of William & Mary
Lemuel Hayes: The Heath Anthology of American Literature (Fifth Edition),
courtesy of Houghton-Mifflin Publishers.
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“As a boy, I have frequently wandered over the hills at Valley Forge on which were encamped the army of Washington during that memorable winter of 1777-78, one of the darkest periods of our nations historymy imagination has again peopled those fields and chestnut groves with that ragged collection of barefooted men whose bloody tracks in the snow attested their devotion to the cause of freedom...”
Dr. J. Scott, U.S. Consul, American Legation, Honolulu
Anniversary of American Independence. The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Honolulu: July 9, 1870.