Black Patriots and Loyalists

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[PDF] Black Patriots and Loyalists  By Alan Gilbert –
  • Hardcover
  • 392 pages
  • Black Patriots and Loyalists
  • Alan Gilbert
  • English
  • 22 May 2019
  • 9780226293073

10 thoughts on “Black Patriots and Loyalists

  1. says:

    Description We commonly think of the American Revolution as simply the war for independence from British colonial rule But, of course, that independence actually applied to only a portion of the American population African Americans would still be bound in slavery for nearly another century Alan Gilbert asks us to rethink what we know about the Revolutionary War, to realize that while white Americans were fighting for their freedom, many black Americans were joining the British imperial forces to gain theirs Further, a movement led by sailors both black and white pushed strongly for emancipation on the American side There were actually two wars being waged at once a political revolution for independence from Britain and a social revolution for emancipation and equality.Gilbert presents persuasive evidence that slavery could have been abolished during the Revolution itself if either side had fully pursued the military advantage of freeing slaves and pressing them into combat, and...

  2. says:

    Enjoyable as a narrative and an academic resource Gilbert provides meticulous research that may come off as tedious but is ultimately necessary The concept of the two distinct revolutions puts American history in perspective I especially enjoyed the commentary on John Laurens, one of the ...

  3. says:

    18 OCT 2015 recommended by Laura.

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    When I read Father Knickerbocker Rebels, I criticised its author for allowing his own viewpoint to so clearly colour his history That was easy to do because I disagreed with the author s biases, and because in the seventy years since the book was written, historiography had moved on to the point that the way they manifested themselves Wertenbaker twisting the history so that it better fit his preferred narrative had become totally unacceptable It s trickier to make the same criticism of Black Patriots and Loyalists, because I completely agree with the author s viewpoint on the great moral evil that slavery was and racism still is, and because that viewpoint colours Gilbert s accounts in different ways But nevertheless, the preference throughout the book for describing things using emotive terms like theft, rape and racist though they re 100% morally correct prevent the sense of detachment or objectivity that a historian depends on for credibility Gilbert is also far too fond of scare quotes , even bizarrely when a one sentence aside about ancient Greek history leads him to making a passing reference to Alexander the Great.But this is a good book on an important aspect of the American Revolutionary War that seems to get little attention in the popular arena A multi faceted picture eme...

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    This is an incredibly deeply researched book that provides a great understanding of how blacks reacted to the American Revolution Most books have focused on the blacks that served with Washington s armies Gilbert does that a complete description of Laurens efforts to get South Carolina to free and enlist blacks against the British, for example but his focus is really on the Loyalist participation, involving many thousands of blacks fleeing slavery and the American political inability to deal with it Although the rhetoric is Marxist, the facts are extensive and well documented you don t need to adopt Gilbert s two revolutions...

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    Great book with some fascinating well documented facts that weren t taught in my history classDespite George Washington s desperation to recover slaves, Henry Washington one of George Washington s many slaves had escaped him and now immigrated to Africa.Where blacks imagined the king as liberator, whites saw only a tyrantA slave who ha...

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    So in the musical Hamilton aka the only and every thing that I love , this exchange occurs as the cast narrates the conclusion warning profanity of the Battle of Yorktown JOHN LAURENSBlack and white soldiers wonder alike if this really means freedomGEORGE WASHINGTONNot YetAs of this writing, the Genius annotations for these two lines discuss the rich interpretations of this exchange, and I thought it s a good illustration for the complexity of what the American Revolutionary War meant for black Americans at the time, both free and enslaved, soldier and civilian and what it might mean for present day Americans and the historical traditions we revere, retell, reject I ve been thinking a lot about this because of Hamilton I decided to read this book because of Hamilton, actually Gilbert s book traces black participation in the two concurrent and sometimes contradictory revolutions American s freedom from Britain, and black Americans freedom from slavery Probably unsurprisingly, the short summary is this the Patriot and the Loyalist sides both challenged and reinforced slavery in their pursuit of victory, for reasons both pragmatic and principled, and both sides incorporated blacks in their military, but to different extents and with lackluster documentation Despite the latter, Gilbert writes a thoroughly researched account and account it is Gilbert discusses documentation and then analyzes and defends his interpretations w...

  9. says:

    I wanted to like this book, and elements of it were very interesting, but ultimately I found it to be a better work research than of writing The stories Gilbert related were often thought provoking, but the book is very inconsistent The tone shifts wildly from enga...

  10. says:

    A fresh, comprehensive, and new take on racial dynamics in the civil war Biased because the author was my professor.

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