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Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution

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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.

ISBN-13: 9781629793061

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Astra Publishing House

Publication Date: 10-04-2016

Pages: 240

Product Dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

Gretchen Woelfle is the author of multiple award-winning fiction and nonfiction books for young readers, including Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer, Write On, Mercy!: The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren, and Mumbet's Declaration of Independence. She lives in Los Angeles, California. R. Gregory Christie is the award-winning illustrator of over fifty children's books, including The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children, edited by Davida Adedjouma, which won a Coretta Scott King Honor for illustration, and Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth, which was selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. He lives in Decatur, Georgia, where he also owns and operates a bookstore that sells autographed children's books.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Hidden Chapter of the American Revolution 6

Part 1 Fighting a War For Freedom 8

Chapter 1 Boston King (ca. 1760-1802) 14

Chapter 2 Agrippa Hull (1759-1848) 28

Chapter 3 James Armistead Lafayette (ca. 1748-1830) 38

Part 2 Slaves in the Cradle of Liberty 48

Chapter 4 Phillis Wheatley (ca. 1753-1784) 52

Chapter 5 Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman (ca. 1742-1829) 70

Chapter 6 Prince Hall (ca. 1735-1807) 80

Part 3 Enslaved Women in the South 92

Chapter 7 Mary Perth (ca. 1740-1813) 96

Chapter 8 Ona Judge (1773-1848) 108

Chapter 9 Sally Hemings (1773-1835) 120

Part 4 Freedom Was Just the Beginning 132

Chapter 10 Paul Cuffe (1759-1817) 138

Chapter 11 John Kizell (ca. 1760-After 1830) 154

Chapter 12 Richard Allen (1760-1831) 168

Chapter 13 Jarena Lee (1783-After1849) 184

Epilogue Echoes of the Cry For Freedom 198

Author Notes and Timelines 202

Acknowledgments 212

Selected Bibliography 213

Source Notes 221

Index 232