Peter's War: A New England Slave Boy and the American Revolution pdf epub fb2

Peter's War: A New England Slave Boy and the American Revolution by Joyce Lee Malcolm epub fb2 djvu

Author: Joyce Lee Malcolm
Title: Peter's War: A New England Slave Boy and the American Revolution
ISBN: 0300168063
ISBN13: 978-0300168068
Other Formats: txt mobi doc lrf
Pages: 272 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press (November 30, 2010)
Language: English
Size EPUB version: 1526 kb
Size FB2 version: 1473 kb
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas

A boy named Peter, born to a slave in Massachusetts in 1763, was sold nineteen months later to a childless white couple there. This book recounts the fascinating history of how the American Revolution came to Peter's small town, how he joined the revolutionary army at the age of twelve, and how he participated in the battles of Bunker Hill and Yorktown and witnessed the surrender at Saratoga.

Joyce Lee Malcolm describes Peter’s home life in rural New England, which became increasingly unhappy as he grew aware of racial differences and prejudices. She then relates how he and other blacks, slave and free, joined the war to achieve their own independence. Malcolm juxtaposes Peter’s life in the patriot armies with that of the life of Titus, a New Jersey slave who fled to the British in 1775 and reemerged as a feared guerrilla leader.

A remarkable feat of investigation, Peter’s biography illuminates many themes in American history: race relations in New England, the prelude to and military history of the Revolutionary War, and the varied experience of black soldiers who fought on both sides.


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