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Published: 03 April 1997

144 Pages | 60 b/w illus.

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195087154

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Revolutionary Citizens

African Americans 1776-1804

Daniel C. Littlefield

The Young Oxford History of African Americans

Little exposed the contradictions between slavery and freedom for African Americans as much as the American Revolution. It was a contradiction many resolved to settle. Some, such as Crispus Attucks, joined with other colonists in striking direct blows for liberty. Others, meanwhile, heard the pleas for loyalty to the British crown, and with the promise of emancipation as their reward, remained faithful to the old order only to see it vanish before them. But whether in the poems of Phillis Wheatley, the legal action of Quok Walker, or the efforts of Paul Cuffe, Americans of African descent helped define what it meant to be revolutionary citizens. Revolutionary Citizens examines the American Revolution, weaving together individual memories and first person accounts with excerpts from the media of the period. African-American heroes and heroines emerge as real, flesh-and-blood people who both shaped and were shaped by the times in which they lived.


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