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Come All You Brave Soldiers: Blacks in the Revolutionary War

by Clinton Cox

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Written in simple prose with basic vocabulary, this book is intended for elementary or middle-school aged children as an introduction to the part African-Americans played in the War of Independence.
Starting with Crispus Attucks, who died in the Boston Massacre, Cox moves chronologically through the war, introducing the reasons for the war and how they affected both free and slave alike. There is a limited amount of information about blacks during this time, as formal record keeping was sketching at best, and so much was destroyed. Often, the prose feels like a basic review of the war - but that isn't Cox's fault. He does a fine job of putting in information about blacks. He also does a good job of giving an unbiased few. He speaks of both the honor and the injustice faced by blacks, giving an overview of the country. He is honest, though, and doesn't hide how horrible it was for blacks during that time, how unfairly they were treated.
I highly recommend this book to teachers and homeschool parents. It's an excellent source for learning, with a plethora of topics for discussion. It's easy enough for younger children to read, but challenging enough it isn't topic to engage older children. ( )
  empress8411 | Aug 2, 2016 |
Great book for black history month describing the importance of black soldiers in the American revolution. Starts at the Boston massacre and continues on relating the stories of black and native Americans in almost every battle in the fight for American freedom. ( )
  ertreada | Feb 13, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590475770, Paperback)

In the Revolutionary War of the United States, black soldiers fought bravely for the freedom of a country that had enslaved and oppressed them. Their story of courage and sacrifice is finally told.

A riveting retelling of the American Revolution including what most history books leave out: The story of more than 5,000 black men who enlisted in the Continental Army and risked their lives to gain freedom for the country that oppressed them. "In addition to paying tribute to some overlooked figures, this book also demonstrates why one historical account is never enough to establish the facts, and the surprises to be found in good research." -Kirkus Reviews

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Tells the story of the thousands of black men who served as soldiers fighting for independence from England during the American Revolutionary War.

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