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

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

Authors: Woelfle, Gretchen

Lexile: 1040

Publisher: Astra Publishing House

Grade: 4 - 7

ISBN: 9781629797441

Classification: Fiction

Synopsis: 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.

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