By Nancy I. Sanders
Age nine and up
History books are replete with heroic tales of Washington, Jefferson, and Adams, yet what of Allen, Russwurm, and Hawley? America’s Black Founders celebrates the lesser recognized yet major lives and contributions of our nation’s early African American leaders. Many recognize that the progressive War’s first martyr, Crispus Attucks, a dockworker of African descent, was once killed on the Boston bloodbath. yet a ways fewer understand that the ultimate clash of the warfare, the conflict of Yorktown, was once hastened to a end by way of James Armistead Lafayette, a slave and secret agent who suggested the conflict plans of common Cornwallis to George Washington.
Author Nancy Sanders weaves the histories of dozens of fellows and women—soldiers, sailors, ministers, poets, retailers, medical professionals, and different group leaders—who have earned right acceptance one of the founders of the USA of the US. To get a greater experience of what those participants complete and the days during which they lived, readers will rejoice structure Day, cook dinner colonial meals, put up a newspaper, petition their executive, and extra. This worthwhile source additionally incorporates a time line of vital occasions, a listing of old websites to go to or discover on-line, and net assets for extra research.
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Estabrook heard the alarm, grabbed his gun, and raced to Lexington Green. He stood brave and firm with the other Minutemen in the early hours before dawn on April 19, 1775, when British troops marched into view. Shots rang out, and Estabrook was listed among the wounded. Known as the first African American to fight in the American Revolution, Estabrook was there at the very first battle of the war. After his wounds healed, he returned to fight. Records indicate that he served for the remainder of the war, including at Fort Ticonderoga in July 1776.
As British soldiers retreated, a group of 12 “exempts,” men too old for military service, rallied to join the patriots. ” Accounts differ of what took place that day, but some say that this group chose David Lamson as their leader. Lamson was a natural leader, having fought in the French and Indian War. He knew the British would be coming down the road, so the 12 men gathered and crouched behind a low wall along the road to wait. Sure enough, British troops soon came into view. It was a convoy carrying wagonloads of supplies.
Memorial honoring Prince Estabrook. Used with Permission of Charles H. , Past Company Commander, Lexington Minute Men Local militias had been organized to protect towns throughout the colonies. When the call to arms had first spread throughout the countryside, many brave men, both black and white, signed up to serve as Minutemen. In Lexington, Massachusetts, Prince Estabrook joined the ranks of Minutemen. 37 On to Concord Prince Estabrook (or Easterbrooks) (c. 1740-1830) š P atriot. Minuteman. Founding Father.