Peter's War: A New Englad Slave Boy and the American Revolution

Peter's War: A New Englad Slave Boy and the American Revolution

By: Joyce Lee Malcom

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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. 253 pages, indexed. Names include: Burgoyne, Grasse, Halsted, Jamieson, Munroe, Schuyler


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A boy named Peter, born to a slave in Massachusetts in 1763, was sold nineteen months later to a childless white couple there. This bookrecounts 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 armieswith 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."

Title: Peter's War: A New Englad Slave Boy and the American Revolution

Author Name: Joyce Lee Malcom

Categories: Massachusetts Research, American Revolution, Biographies, Massachusettes, Free Shipping Media Mail, African American, New England, Slaves,

Publisher: YALE UNIV PR:

ISBN Number: 0300119305

ISBN Number 13: 9780300119305

Binding: Library

Book Condition: Used library, fair

Jacket Condition: Good

Type: Hardcover

lbs: 2.00 lbs

Seller ID: ar2009

Keywords: American Revolution, Massachussetts, New England, Biography, African American, slavery, child slaves, race relations, Burgoyne, Grasse, Halsted, Jamieson, Munroe, Schuyler, free shipping.,