[UCP Books]: Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence

Now in Paperback
Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence
By Alan Gilbert


US Publication date: 15 October 2013 Paper ISBN-13: 978-0-226-10155-2
UK Publication date: 28 October 2013 $17.50 / £12.50

 

Winner of the 2013 American Book Award
 
“Drawing on first-person accounts and other primary sources, Gilbert tells an often inspiring but ultimately sad story, since American slavery endured and even expanded after the revolution. Still, the personal stories of those who fought on the patriots’ side in an all-black regiment and on the loyalist side in exchange for a promise of freedom are fascinating and informative. Gilbert convincingly asserts that their example eventually helped inspire other liberation movements in the Western Hemisphere.” –Booklist
 
“An elegant and passionate writer, Gilbert pulls no punches, and not surprisingly a number of white founders attract his censure. Jefferson’s enmity toward the rebels in Saint-Domingue is here chronicled, as is James Madison’s curious theory that arming blacks would not cripple slavery on the grounds that ‘a freedman immediately loses all attachment and sympathy with his former fellowslaves.’” –Historian
 
“Gilbert has deftly welded together the white American political revolution for independence with the black American social revolution for freedom from slavery. In exploiting a wide range of primary sources, he has given voice to the thousands of enslaved (and sometimes free) blacks who sought ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ with the British. Gilbert’s signal contribution to the fraught question of how many blacks fled to the British compels the attention of every student of the American Revolution.” –Gary Nash, author of The Unknown American Revolution
 
Alan Gilbert is a John Evans Professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is available for interviews. Please contact Carrie Olivia Adams at 773-702-4216 or cadams@press.uchicago.edu for more information.

 

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