May 31, 2008

Forgotten Native patriots

Book Lists Revolutionary War's Black, Native American SoldiersIn their haste to enroll enlistees to fight on the American side in the Revolutionary War, officials jotted down names, where the men came from—and little else.

Occasionally, records identified someone as black, but for the vast majority of those soldiers and sailors, their distinction as black or Native Americans was lost, and with that the fact that thousands of blacks and Native Americans fought for their country's independence.

Now, after years of pressure by two Plainville natives, many black and Native American soldiers are properly identified. In May, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution published a book that lists those veterans and identifies them as either black or Native American.

The book, "Forgotten Patriots—African American and American Indian Patriots of the Revolutionary War," names 5,000 black soldiers and an additional 1,600 who were Native Americans. They were among the estimated 250,000 Americans who fought in the war.
Comment:  I believe five of the six tribes of the Haudenosaunee League fought for the British against America. They did so because they thought the British would treat them better.

Turns out they were right. The Americans were more likely than the British had been to break treaties and oppress the Indians.

For more on the subject, see Fun 4th of July Facts.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Remember now that slaves and natives don't count as Americans, to the founding fathers[sic].
They were treated as 1/4 or some other fraction of humans.
They were used as "goats" or "cows" or some other term their masters called them.
Oh, yeah, they were savages as opposed to the "civilized" minds of the conquerors.

As for being "soldiers," Africans and Indians were set aside as expendable commodities. They were used as "ammuntion" and "cannon-fodder."

They were not "patriots." They were brainwashed to serve their masters. It's sad, yes.