Today's topic at my blog "Resurgence" on BigThink.com:


Black Revolutionary War Patriots Integral To Defeat Of British Army

The Fourth of July is one of our most patriotic holidays. The famous portrait of Revolutionary era soldiers marching with fife and drum is one of its most recognized symbols, but until recently, I didn’t realize that it wasn’t a complete picture of the American troops. None of the history books I studied back in high school mentioned any African American soldiers other than Crispus Attucks, so I was surprised last year to find out that there were thousands of black patriots who fought valiantly against the British, playing an integral role in the Continental Army’s victory.

So I spent a little time on Google and started learning a lot about a part of America's history that has either been ignored or largely excluded from the official narrative about our country's violent birth.


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