The Untold Story of the Black Regiment: Fighting in the Revolutionary War

The Untold Story of the Black RegimentWritten by Michael Burgan


It is always a good thing to see a well written book about the role African Americans played in the shaping of our nation. Black Regiment tells the how, what and why of slaves and freemen fighting in the Revolutionary War. The main item – that most slaves fought in order to be free – I already knew. But I also learned so many new facts: 50,000 fought for the Bristish vs. 6,600 for the Patriots; Prince Estabrook, a slave, fought in the Lexington militia out of patriotism before the war started and became the first man to fight in the Revolutionary War. During this war, the troops were racially integrated. That would not occur again until 1948. The important and interesting information just goes on and on. This book is valuable to teach about our nation’s first war and the important role African Americans were in America’s fight for freedom. Recommended for both students and adults.

Review by Teresa Edmunds, Westbrook Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 5-12

The Untold Story of the Black Regiment: Fighting in the Revolutionary War
Written by Michael Burgan
Compass Point Books
64 pages
Release Date: January 1, 2015

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