Chapter 6

Chapter 6: The American Revolution

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Slavery and the American Revolution


The rhetoric of liberty and the demands of war created opportunities for enslaved African Americans to demand their freedom. Some slaves requested their emancipation in letters and petitions, while others took more direct action, running to the British lines. Most British colonists, however, were unwilling to question slavery as the war continued, and the legal status of African Americans did not change.


Choose from the following titles:

  1. Felix's Petition for Freedom (January 6, 1773)
  2. Washington Returns Slaves to their Owners (October 25, 1781)
  3. John Murray, Earl of Dunmore: A Proclamation (November, 14, 1775)
  4. Primary Source: Writings on African American Participation in the American Revolution (1781)
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