Negro Comrades of the Crown: African Americans and the British Empire Fight the U.S. Before Emancipation

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NYU Press, 2012 - History - 361 pages
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While it is well known that more Africans fought on behalf of the British than with the successful patriots of the American Revolution, Gerald Horne reveals in his latest work of historical recovery that after 1776, Africans and African-Americans continued to collaborate with Great Britain against the United States in battles big and small until the Civil War. Many African Americans viewed Britain, an early advocate of abolitionism and emancipator of its own slaves, as a powerful ally in their resistance to slavery in the Americas. This allegiance was far-reaching, from the Caribbean to outposts in North America to Canada. In turn, the British welcomed and actively recruited both fugitive and free African Americans, arming them and employing them in military engagements throughout the Atlantic World, as the British sought to maintain a foothold in the Americas following the Revolution. In this path-breaking book, Horne rewrites the history of slave resistance by placing it for the first time in the context of military and diplomatic wrangling between Britain and the United States. Painstakingly researched and full of revelations, Negro Comrades of the Crown is among the first book-length studies to highlight the Atlantic origins of the Civil War, and the active role played by African Americans within these external factors that led to it.
  

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Contents

NegroesBritish in Their Hearts?
1
1 Huzzah for Bermuda
17
2 Base Fools
29
3 Can US Negroes Commit Treason?
43
4 The Enslaved Torments the Slaveholder
54
5 A Powerful Negro Army
66
6 The British Africans and Indigenes versus the US
78
7 Revolutionary Implications
90
10 London Sanctions Murder of US Slaveholders?
133
11 Britain to Forge a Haiti in Texas?
148
12 Declare War on Britain to Avert Civil War in the US?
164
13 Canada Invadesor Civil War in the US?
179
14 A Paradise for US Negroes in the British West Indies?
197
Notes
217
Index
345
About the Author
361

8 Abolition of Private Property?
105
9 Africans Flee from Republicanism
120

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About the author (2012)

Gerald Horne is Moores Professor of History and African-American Studies at the University of Houston. His books include "Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham Du Bois" and "Race War!: White Supremacy and the Japanese Attack on the British Empire" (both available from NYU Press).

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