The Negro in the American Revolution

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UNC Press Books, Dec 1, 2012 - History - 266 pages
Originally published in 1961, this classic work remains the most comprehensive history of the many and important roles played by African Americans during the American Revolution. With this book, Benjamin Quarles added a new dimension to the military history of the Revolution and addressed for the first time the diplomatic repercussions created by the British evacuation of African Americans at the close of the war. The compelling narrative brings the Revolution to life by portraying those tumultuous years as experienced by Americans at all levels of society.

In an introduction, Gary B. Nash traces the evolution of scholarship on African Americans in the American Revolution from its early roots with William C. Nell to this groundbreaking study. Quarles's work not only reshaped our thinking about the black revolutionary experience but also invigorated the study of black history as we know it today.

Thad W. Tate, in a foreword, pays tribute to the importance of this work and explains its continuing relevance.

 

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Contents

I Uncertain Trumpet
3
II Lord Dunmores Ethiopian Regiment
19
III The Negro and the Rights of Man
33
IV Policy Reversal above the Potomac
51
V ArmsBearers for America
68
VI Behind the Man behind the Gun
94
VII The British and the Blacks
111
VIII In the Kings Service
134
IX Evacuation with the British
158
X Heirs of the Same Promise
182
Bibliography
201
Index
225
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About the author (2012)

Benjamin Quarles was professor of history at Morgan State University in Baltimore. His many authored or edited books include The Negro in the Civil War and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.