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The Negro in the American Revolution Throughout American history African Americans have had to decide whether they belonged in the United States or if they should go elsewhere Slavery no doubtfully had a great impact upon their decisions However despite their troubles African Americans made a grand contribution and a great impact on both armed forces of the Colonies and British The American Negro was a participant as well as a symbol Quarles 7 African Americans were active on and off the battlefield they personified the goal freedom the reason for the war being fought by the Colonies and British The African Americans were stuck in the middle of a war between white people Their loyalty was not to one side or another but to a principle the principle of liberty Ben Quarels The Negro in the American Revolution is very detailed in explaining the importance of the African American in the pre America days he shows the steps African Americans took in order to insure better lives for generations to come Americas first war its war for independence from Great Britain was a great accomplishment This achievement could have been performed if not for the black soldiers in the armies The first American to shed blood in the revolution that freed America from British rule was Crispus Attucks Attucks along with four white men was killed in the Boston Massacre of March 5 1770 Even though Attucks was a fugitive slave running from his master he was still willing to fight against England along with other whites and give the ultimate sacrifice his life for freedom This was not the only incident of Blacks giving it all during the War for Independence From the first battles of Concord and Lexington in 1775 African American soldiers took up arms against Great Britain Of the many African Americans who fought in those battles the most famous are Peter Salem Cato Stedman Cuff Whittemore
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