Answering the Cry for Freedom

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Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution
Author: Woelfle, Gretchen
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Time Period: Age of Revolutions
Time Frame: 1775-1783
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: American Revolution
Genre: Non Fiction
Reading Age: Middle Grade, Upper Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 2016

American History > Age of Revolutions > American Revolution > African American History

Uncover the lives of thirteen African-Americans who fought during the Revolutionary War.

Even as American Patriots fought for independence from British rule during the Revolutionary War, oppressive conditions remained in place for the thousands of enslaved and free African Americans living in this country. But African Americans took up their own fight for freedom by joining the British and American armies; preaching, speaking out, and writing about the evils of slavery; and establishing settlements in Nova Scotia and Africa. The thirteen stories featured in this collection spotlight charismatic individuals who answered the cry for freedom, focusing on the choices they made and how they changed America both then and now. These individuals include: Boston King, Agrippa Hull, James Armistead Lafayette, Phillis Wheatley, Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman, Prince Hall, Mary Perth, Ona Judge, Sally Hemings, Paul Cuffe, John Kizell, Richard Allen, and Jarena Lee. Includes individual bibliographies and timelines, author note, and source notes.

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