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Liberty or Death

The Surprising Story of Runaway Slaves Who Sided With the British During the American Revolution

Blair, Margaret Whitman

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Liberty or Death
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Presentation of the little-known story of the American Revolution told from the perspectives of the African-American slaves who fought on the side of the British Royal Army in exchange for a promise of freedom.

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Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2010
ISBN: 1426305915
9781426305917
1426305907
9781426305900
Branch Call Number: j 973.346 B6355L 2010
Characteristics: 64 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ;,27 cm

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Presentation of the little-known story of the American Revolution told from the perspectives of the African-American slaves who fought on the side of the British Royal Army in exchange for a promise of freedom.

Presentation of the little-known story of the American Revolution told from the perspectives of the African-American slaves who fought on the side of the British Royal Army in exchange for a promise of freedom.


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Jan 24, 2012
  • oldhag rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good beginner's book that undermines the narrative of contented American slaves passively waiting for two hundred years for Abraham Lincoln to free them. The book makes clear that, throughout the history of the U.S., American slaves fought in every way they could, including alongside the British, in relentless pursuit of their liberty. L. Duglas Wilder, the first black governor of Virginia, wrote the Foreword. Wilder quotes Patrick Henry's oration in support of the American Revolution, "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" This is the same Patrick Henry who, in a letter dated January 13, 1773, while acknowledging the hypocrisy of slavery in the land of liberty, whined, "I am drawn along by the general inconvenience of living without them". Thus were generations of black Americans consigned to nearly a hundred more years of bondage because this white man, along with many others, was too lazy, presumably, to pick up his own socks.

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