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Come all you brave soldiers : Blacks in the Revolutionary War
Cox, Clinton.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
ix, 182 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Tells the story of the thousands of black men who served as soldiers fighting for independence from England during the American Revolutionary War.
Reading Level:
1270 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.9 7.0 43778.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.5 10 Quiz: 02406 Guided reading level: U.
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E269.N3 C69 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E269.N3 C69 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ
E269.N3 C69 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E269.N3 C69 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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From the first battles at Lexington and Concord to the surrender of the British army at Yorktown, black soldiers fought bravely for a country that had enslaved and oppressed them. The story of their courage and sacrifice is finally told.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-7. The author of Undying Glory: The Story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment (1991) retells in the same dramatic fashion the tale of the Patriot army's campaigns, against the Iroquois as well as the British and Loyalists, paying tribute to the 5,000 African Americans who served in them as soldiers, sailors, and spies. Frequently quoting contemporary sources, Cox makes it abundantly clear that the idea of arming slaves and freedmen was a source of bitter controversy from the start, and only resorted to after the British threatened to do it first and every means of keeping white troops under arms proved ineffective. Despite real contributions in every battle, from Concord to Yorktown, the blacks who did enlist (or, as slaves, were sent involuntarily to fight) were, in general, shabbily treated both during and after the war. Illustrated with documents and old prints and backed up by a selective bibliography and a large index, this takes a wider view of the war than Burke Davis' Black Heroes of the American Revolution (1976), and makes a page-turning alternative to Daniel Littlefield's Revolutionary Citizens: African Americans, 1776^-1804 (1997). --John Peters

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10‘An interesting and informative survey of African-American participation in the American Revolution. Cox begins his narrative with the Boston Massacre and follows the course of the war through the Battle of Yorktown. While clearly describing the inequities faced by black soldiers, the author also points out that Native Americans, women, and indentured servants were not part of the "all men" who were "created equal." Southern unwillingness to enlist black soldiers for fear of encouraging slave revolts is chronicled. Jefferson and Washington both come in for their share of just criticism, while other leaders who championed the cause of freedom for all are cited for their words and actions. Although Cox incorporates information on individuals, his emphasis is historical rather than biographical. Thomas Fleming's Give Me Liberty (Scholastic, 1971; o.p.) covers some of the same material, but with less detail, fewer names and relevant illustrations, and a generous spattering of fictionalized dialogue. Eugene Winslow's Afro-Americans `76: Black Americans in the Founding of Our Nation (Afro-Am Publishing, 1975) discusses pre-Revolutionary America and the first half of the 19th century and presents a series of brief biographical vignettes linked by short historical overviews. Come All You Brave Soldiers is preferable to either. Black-and-white reproductions of period prints, documents, and paintings are included in two insert sections rather than near their subject matter, but this is a minor flaw in an otherwise superior treatment of an important subject.‘Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.