Category «Slavery»

George Washington Never Set a Single Slave Free in His Lifetime! The Legacy of His Silent Condemnation of Slavery

Part 3. Paradox of Liberty & Slavery George Washington never set a single slave free during his life. Only after his and his wife’s death were those slaves that he owned allowed their freedom. The majority of Mt. Vernon’s bondsmen were dowry slaves and as such, remained slaves for life. Though expressing privately his growing …

Enlist no Stroller, Negro, Or Vagabond 1775: The Recruitment of African Americans in the Continental Army

In 1775, when rhetoric turned to open conflict, some militia commanders welcomed freemen and slaves into their ranks.  Twenty percent of the country’s residents were of African heritage with four percent of that number freeman.  For many, especially recruiters pressured to meet Congress’ demands for enlistment quotas; it seemed an ideal answer to the problem …

Washington’s Conversation with Lt. Colonel Joseph Reed After the Battle of Harlem Heights, Part 2 – Slavery & Culloden

On Slaves and General Mercer – September 16th  1776 The clock strikes two bells past the eleventh hour. Reed quickly crosses to his general, passing under the substantial archway of the Morris mansion into the sitting room. The post’s bulky leather satchel remains over one shoulder while in his hand is held a sealed envelope. …

Colonel Tye: African American who was the Greatest Guerrilla Fighter of the American Revolutionary War

Escaped Slave, British Soldier, and the Greatest Guerrilla Fighter Of the American Revolutionary War It is late fall, 1775. A British officer stares out over the river. The wide mouth of the James River is choked with dark hulls that sit peacefully at their anchors, their towering masts swaying in the stiffening breeze that flows …