February 5th - Blacks in the American Revolutionary War
Blacks in the American Revolutionary War - Jean Brannon, 1974
Unfortunately, I don't have a lot to say about this one - I was really looking forward to it, given the topic and cover art, but the information within wasn't extremely exciting. There were a few things I wasn't aware of - that Hamilton proposed offering slaves their freedom if they fought for the Continental Army, that Abigail Adams - quickly becoming my favorite first lady of the period after her quote from But the Women Rose - objected to fighting a war for independence but keeping people in bondage, that Crispus Attucks was (or may have been, other accounts differ) an escaped slave. But unfortunately the rest didn't make a huge impression on me. I did appreciate the album talking about free black people in pre-Civil War America, as it is a topic I always like to hear about and one that is almost never covered!
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