Question: What role did Black Americans play in the Revolutionary War?



Allegiance to Britain was an issue in determining how colonists would decide to participate in the American Revolutionary War. Many considered themselves British subjects and did not wish to join the fight for independence.

A more complicated judgement existed for Black Americans, who, as slaves, may have had difficulty figuring out where their best interests lay. They may have had to fight anyway.



Dunmore's Proclamation



Who do you think of when you think of the American Revolution? George Washington? Paul Revere? Or perhaps the "sage of Monticello," Thomas Jefferson? Chances are you do not think of African Americans. But the truth is that African Americans played an important role in the American Revolution. They were soldiers, sailors, spies, clergyman, patriots, and Tories.

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