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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 the last vibration of the midnight bell proclaimed the presence of the jubilant day, the sound of fife and drum broke on the silent air. Hail Columbia, coupled with the ever stirring strains of The Star Spangled Banner and Yankee Doodle, mingled with the firing of guns, the sharp, loud crack of powder-charged anvil, and the glad cheers of hilarious voices. On came the music and our hearts beat quicker as we beheld, borne in front of a band of Hawaiians, the glorious banner of the free. Fourth of July at Hanalei at Princeville Plantation, Kauai, on the 90th anniversary of American independence.”
Source: Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Saturday, July 14, 1866