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The Black Regiment of the American Revolution Hardcover – September, 2004


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Grade 4-6 - Watercolor illustrations, maps, and reproductions assist in telling the story of the black slaves who fought in the Battle of Rhode Island during the American Revolution. Presented in a picture-book format, the narrative includes detailed descriptions of the events leading up to the formation of the Black Regiment and the role these soldiers played in the war. Relevant information about the history of slavery is also presented. Brennan concludes that the bravery of these men aided in the abolishment of slavery in America ("Their shining example proved that all men deserve to be free."). Large, action-packed paintings show the troops in action and provide a glimpse into the past. Sidebars support the text with additional information. A helpful glossary, a list of suggested reading, and places to visit are appended. - Christine E. Carr, Lester C. Noecker Elementary School, Roseland, NJ
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Gr. 4-6. By now most Americans' mental image of Civil War battlefields has been revised to include black faces, but the same isn't yet true when it comes to the Revolutionary War. Brennan attempts to remedy this by introducing young readers to Rhode Island's "Black Regiment," made up primarily of slaves who fought not only for American independence but also for their own freedom--as promised by a state legislature desperate to shore up exhausted troops. The book's 32 pages and large, somewhat stiff watercolor illustrations suggest a target audience of early-elementary readers, but the type size is surprisingly tiny and the text quite lengthy. Book-talking may be necessary to get this into the hands of readers best equipped to handle it. Maps and sidebars lend added clarity to the main narrative; source notes would have made this obviously well-researched volume an even more valueable addition to the history shelves. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Moon Mountain Publishing (September 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931659060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931659062
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,187,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A bit of history regarding the American Revolution is relatively unknown and rarely taught in school. In order to fill out its military forces, the fledgling state of Rhode Island recruited into the ranks of the American forces hundreds of black and Native American slaves who worked on plantations in the state, promising them their freedom at the end of the war. Several black freemen also responded to the call, making up the first predominantly African-American fighting force in U.S. history. Within weeks of its creation, the Black Regiment was thrust into the Battle of Rhode Island -- the only major land battle against the British and their Hessian mercenaries in New England during the American Revolution. The Black Regiment Of The American Revolution was scrupulously researched by author and library program coordinator Linda Crotta Brennan, and superbly illustrated by Cheryl Kirk Noll for young readers ages 7 to 11 and grades 2 to 6. No elementary school or community library should be without at least one copy of The Black Regiment Of The American Revolution for the American History and Black Studies collections.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joan E. Aitken on January 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Revolutionary War army of Rhode Island was in poor condition, so they decided to enlist slaves in the army. The slaves would make the same pay as whites and earn their freedom. The book also discusses the Native Americans who were colonists's slaves after King Philip's War (100 years before the Revolutionary War), whose descendants were still slaves at the time of the Revolutionary War. The drawings are interesting and the information about this unique part of US history is fascinating.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AfroAmericanHeritage on December 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Rhode Island's "Black Regiment" was made up primarily of slaves who had been promised freedom in return for fighting. This is a fascinating story, thoroughly told and amply illustrated with original watercolors, maps, historic images and documents, with sidebars for clarifications. Though designed for Grades 2-6, I feel the reading level and type size are really more suitable for 4-6, though younger grades will definitely enjoy it as a book talk.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jack Dempsey on January 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
People interested in the First Rhode Island and Afro-American contributions to the Revolution will enjoy David R. Wagner's article "Desperate Valor" at ANCIENTLIGHTS.ORG
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