Role of Blacks in the American Revolutionary War Essay

2192 Words9 Pages
“And I hereby further declare all indented servants, Negroes, or others (appertaining to Rebels) free, that are able and willing to bear arms, the joining of His Majesty's Troops, as soon as may be, for the more speedily reducing the Colony to a proper sense of their duty, to this Majesty's crown and dignity.” -- Lord Dunmore's Proclamation The quote above is from the British governor of Virginia, Lord Dunmore who proclaimed freedom for African American slaves who fought for the British, after George Washington announced there would be no additional recruitment of Blacks in the Continental army in 1776. For numerous free blacks and enslaved blacks, the Revolutionary War was considered to be an essential period in black…show more content…
It’s clearly inaccurate to identify one precise reason to explain why the Revolutionary War began, but there are correlating situations which would play key parts. The British Empire was much isolated from the American colonies and the citizens residing in the United States had a desire to orchestrate their own government. These lands contained an assortment of resources that were used by the early colonists to generate revenue which resulted in many of them gaining more wealth than people in Great Britain. Also, in an effort to reimburse their debts from prior wars with the French, the British imposed “high taxes” on the American colonists which infuriated American colonists. Such taxations eventually lead to events like the Boston tea party, which would soon after escalate to the battle of Lexington and Concord (the first battles of the Revolutionary war). With the commencing of American Revolutionary war and the colonies going to bat with their superior country England, many African Americans found themselves embedded in the crossfire. Together, slaves and free blacks watched the tension and debate between the two white groups, and a larger question deemed as to where and how blacks would be utilized in war efforts. By 1775, the war for sovereignty was underway and George Washington carried a heavy uncertainty about the participation of blacks, which
Open Document