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The Resource Standing in their own light : African American patriots in the American revolution, Judith L. Van Buskirk

Standing in their own light : African American patriots in the American revolution, Judith L. Van Buskirk

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Standing in their own light : African American patriots in the American revolution
Title
Standing in their own light
Title remainder
African American patriots in the American revolution
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Judith L. Van Buskirk
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African American patriots in the American revolution
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eng
Summary
The Revolutionary War encompassed at least two struggles: one for freedom from British rule, and another, quieter but no less significant fight for the liberty of African Americans, thousands of whom fought in the Continental Army. Because these veterans left few letters or diaries, their story has remained largely untold, and the significance of their service largely unappreciated. Standing in Their Own Light restores these African American patriots to their rightful place in the historical struggle for independence and the end of racial oppression. Revolutionary era African Americans began their lives in a world that hardly questioned slavery; they finished their days in a world that increasingly contested the existence of the institution. Judith L. Van Buskirk traces this shift to the wartime experiences of African Americans. Mining firsthand sources that include black veterans{u2019} pension files, Van Buskirk examines how the struggle for independence moved from the battlefield to the courthouse{u2014}and how personal conflicts contributed to the larger struggle against slavery and legal inequality. Black veterans claimed an American identity based on their willing sacrifice on behalf of American independence. And abolitionists, citing the contributions of black soldiers, adopted the tactics and rhetoric of revolution, personal autonomy, and freedom. Van Buskirk deftly places her findings in the changing context of the time. She notes the varied conditions of slavery before the war, the different degrees of racial integration across the Continental Army, and the war{u2019}s divergent effects on both northern and southern states. Her efforts retrieve black patriots{u2019} experiences from historical obscurity and reveal their importance in the fight for equal rights{u2014}even though it would take another war to end slavery in the United States
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contains biographical information
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DLC
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Campaigns and commanders
Series volume
59
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Standing in their own light : African American patriots in the American revolution, Judith L. Van Buskirk
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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sky2ocm84122046
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 297 pages
Isbn
9780806156354
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(hardcover : alk. paper)
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2016038225
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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Standing in their own light : African American patriots in the American revolution, Judith L. Van Buskirk
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
sky2ocm84122046
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 297 pages
Isbn
9780806156354
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016038225
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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