The Black Soldiers by C.J. Blake
The Black Soldiers by C.J. Blake
The Black Soldiers by C.J. Blake
All through our country’s history, African Americans have had to choose
whether they were meant to live in the States or if they should go live
somewhere else. Slavery without a doubt had a strong impact on their
decisions. Despite the troubles African Americans have had, they made
a great contribution and a very big impact on our military and armed forces
since the Revolutionary War.
The black man has fought against his countrys
wars, and he has also fought the war with their country to gain
the right to fight and the right to freedom.
Americas first war was the war for independence from Great
Britain was a major achievement. This accomplishment could not have
been done if it was not for the African American soldiers in the armies. The
first American to actually shed blood during the revolution that freed America
from being under British rule was Crispus Attucks, a Black seaman. Attucks and
four white men were killed in the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. Attucks
was still willing to fight against England along with other whites, althoug he
was a fugitive slave running from his master.
The colonists probably would have kept African Americans out of the
military during the war if it was not for the proclamation by the Lord of
Dunmore. He said “I do hereby declare all… Negroes… free,
that are able and willing to bear arms, they joining his Majestys
troops, as soon as may be, for the more speedily reducing this colony
to a proper dignity.” This meant that if any black man was willing to
fight for the British they would become legally free. Then, the
Americans could not afford to not let black men from joining the army. After that General George Washington officially reversed his policy about letting

“free Negroes to enlist.”
“Of the 300,000 men that served in the Continental American Army
during the War of Independence, about five thousand were
Black. In addition to several all-Black companies, there was also an all-Black
regiment was from Rhode Island.
Between 1775 to 1781 there were no battles without Black
soldiers. African American soldiers defended for the colonies at Lexington,
Ticonderoga, Concord, Benington, White Plains, Saratoga, Brandywine,
Savannah, and Yorktown. There were two Blacks with George Washington on the day he crossed
the Delaware River on Christmas Day in 1776. Unfortunately
despite African Americans help to the war effort and the large
amount of deceased Blacks, only few of them were freed.
Another war Black Americans fought in was the American Civil War. This war would eventually result in
the end of slavery it began between “Northern industrialists
and Southern Slave owners to decide
who would have more power over
the federal government and who would be able to expand into the new
territories of the West”. The question of slavery would come later. “In the

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