Liberty & Slavery
Black Patriots of the American Revolution
In memory of Benjamin Quarles
Morgan State University
June 24-26, 2011
Liberty for slaves who left their patriot masters and enlisted in the British Army was the 1775 promise of John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, Virginia's last royal governor. Other British officials made similar offers. Meanwhile--despite the contributions of African Americans at Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill--for nearly two years George Washington prohibited the enlistment of black patriots in the Continental Army. Despite this tardy and tepid welcome, thousands of African Americans stepped forward to serve the cause of independence as regulars, militiamen, poets, preachers, and privateers. What motivated these individuals? What characterized their experiences? What resulted from their efforts? How did regional factors come into play? "Liberty and Slavery: Black Patriots of the American Revolution" seeks to broaden our understanding of African Americans who helped to secure the liberty of a nation that proved ambivalent about securing the liberty of African Americans.
The Sons of the American Revolution, in support of its Congressional mandate to encourage historical research, invites paper proposals from graduate students and established scholars on black patriots who acted as individuals or members of groups and in either military or civilian capacities. Papers will be delivered at the second Sons of the American Revolution Annual Conference on the American Revolution, to be held at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland on June 24-26, 2011. Publication of accepted papers in an edited volume is anticipated. Paper proposals should include a 250-word abstract and c.v., and must be submitted by July 1, 2010 to Professor Robert McDonald (Robert.McDonald@usma.edu), Department of History, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York 10996.
Benjamin Quarles (1904-1996) was professor and chairman of the Department of History at Morgan State University in Baltimore. "Liberty & Slavery: Black Patriots of the American Revolution," which marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Quarles's The Negro in the American Revolution, will be dedicated to his memory.
Prof. Robert McDonald
Department of History
U.S. Military Academy
West Point, New York 10996
Phone: (845) 938-3311
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