LABOR: Not All Are Created Equal

Cuff Freedom, Dick Freedom, Ned Freedom, Peter Freeman, Cuff Liberty, Jeffrey Liberty, Pomp Liberty. These are some of the names that Negroes chose when they were allowed to join the Continental Army. The words express the deepest wish of the 530,000 black people in the Colonies. Less than 10% live north of Maryland. In the south about 90% are slaves.

In the early months of the struggle with England, especially in New England, many Negroes fought in the colonial forces, and it was informal policy to offer freedom to any slave who...

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