It was the War for Independence, but fighting for your freedom meant something different depending on who you asked…
About the Author
Margaret Whitman Blair is the author of several books for young adults, and is active in the Washington Children’s Book Guild. A retired Peace Corps volunteer, she was formerly an international trade and business journalist in Washington D.C. She lives in Rockville, MD.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Liberty to Slaves 8
Chapter 2 And Some Joined the Patriots 20
Chapter 3 War and Its Aftermath 28
Chapter 4 Nova Scotia and Freedom 38
Chapter 5 Africa: The Promised Land 48
Resource Guide 61
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The American Revolution was a war for freedom, but freedom for whom? At the time, the only ones who were truly free were white males. Slavery was still supported by the government, with no end in sight as slave labor was necessary to support the plantations and production of goods. British colonial governor Lord Dunmore of Virginia, faced with colonists' rebellion in 1775, offered freedom to any slave (owned by a rebel) who would be willing to fight for the British. The slaves who answered that call fought, worked, and spied for the British during the American Revolution. They risked everything they had for freedom and the promise of a new start. At the end of the war, the British sent about 3,000 of them to Nova Scotia, and when that didn't work out as promised, about half of those were sent to start a new life back in Africa, in the colony of Sierra Leone. This is a fascinating look at a part of our history that isn't well known at all. Lots of images of documents, quotes and personal stories of the slaves involved as well as paintings and images of the time make this a stellar choice for 6th grade and up --especially appropriate for 8th graders, since they study American history.