The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution

The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution

The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution

The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution


A treasure store of information on African-American history. -- Maryland Historical Magazine


This book had its genesis in 1973 during the bicentennial celebration of the Declaration of Independence, as the catalog of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Revised and enlarged in text, document, and picture, the present volume appears at a time when Massachusetts is memorializing "The 350th Anniversary of the First Landing of Africans" on its soil in 1638. To make this possible, The William Monroe Trotter Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Harbor Campus, Boston, has given liberal support, for which thanks are due to its director, Dr. Wornie L. Reed, and to Charles F. Desmond, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

The authors are beholden to a large number of individuals and institutions -- too many to list -- for their knowledge and generosity. This is made clear, we hope, in the footnotes, the Sources, and the captions of the illustrations. We would like to mention a few whose expertise lightened our burdens: the reference librarians at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Billie R. Bozone, Librarian, Smith College Library, as well as Elaine N. Miller, Reference Librarian, Mary Courtney, Circulation Librarian, and, especially, John G. Graiff, Interlibrary Loans; Elise Bernier-Feeley, Reference Librarian, Forbes Library, Northampton; William Milhomme, Reference Supervisor, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; Phil Lapsansky, Curator, AfroAmericana Collection, Library Company of Philadelphia.

We would like to reiterate our thanks to Beverly J. Cox, Curator of Exhibitions, and to Richard K. Doud, Keeper, Catalog of American Portraits, at the National Portrait Gallery.

Pam Wilkinson, managing editor of the University of Massachusetts Press, has improved our work by her careful guidance.


Northampton, Massachusetts June, 1988 . . .

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