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The Slaves' Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812

 
 
Author
Gene Allen Smith.
Publisher Palgrave  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780230342088
Pages/Publication Date 257/2013
Daedalus Item Code 52257
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We tend to view African Americans in our nation's history through the lens of the Civil War—either as free men living in the North or slaves living in the South. But less than 100 years earlier their roles in the founding of America were considerably more diverse. During the Revolutionary War, tens of thousands of blacks had tried to enlist in the British army, hoping to make better lives for themselves, and their loyalties remained in question when tensions erupted again between Britain and America in 1812. Gene Allen Smith explores how the conflicts between the British, Spanish, and various Indian tribes offered numerous opportunities for African Americans to gain their freedom, and reveals the varied roles that slaves played in combat, including the burning of Washington in 1814.

"In the Anglo-American War of 1812, both sides recruited black Americans as soldiers; the British offered freedom to American slaves who would fight for them. Gene Allen Smith's account, scrupulously researched in both British and U.S. sources, sheds new light on many aspects of that conflict, including the little-known 'Patriot War' in Florida. Personal narratives of heroic individuals add to the story a sense of immediacy."—Daniel Walker Howe

 
 
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