It is a very sad thing, that I must have a special section of e-books dealing with the patriotism of colored people and their history here in America! It is nothing short of satanic that all the history that we learn today is segregated!
THE COLORED PATRIOTS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1855) "THE colored race have been generally considered by their enemies, and sometimes even by their friends, as deficient in energy and courage. Their virtues have been supposed to be principally negative ones. This little collection of interesting incidents, made by a colored man, will redeem the character of the race from this misconception, and show how much injustice there may often be in a generally admitted idea."
THE NARRATIVE OF JAMES ROBERTS, A SOLDIER UNDER GEN. WASHINGTON IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, AND UNDER GEN. JACKSON AT THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS, IN THE WAR OF 1812: "A BATTLE WHICH COST ME A LIMB, SOME BLOOD, AND ALMOST MY LIFE." PREFACE: "MY motives for placing this little Narrative before the public, are the following: First, to comply with the earnest request of many of my friends, both white and colored, who have strongly solicited me to publish a narrative of my long and eventful life, believing, as they have said, good to the rising generation and to posterity would result therefrom. Second. I have for many years greatly desired, nay, it has been my earnest prayer to the Father of spirits, that I might live and have an opportunity afforded me to have my narrative written by a colored person, even if it should not be as well written as many white persons could write it; it has been my desire to get one of my own race to do it, that I might have the great satisfaction of knowing and seeing one of my despised race capable of writing a book, however small. For when I was a boy, to have seen a colored person with ability to read and write, would have been not much short of a miracle; it would have been a very great curiosity, so much so, that hundreds would have gone fifty or a hundred miles to see such an one. But I think my God that I have lived to see those days of miracles pass away, and to see, what I desired from my youth, many of my brethren capable of doing, by the aid of education, what other races can do. I have demonstrative proof before me, in this country, that my race is as susceptible of intellectual culture as any other people; and that they are not only susceptible naturally of high mental improvement, but I rejoice with exceeding joy that hundreds of my race have availed themselves of that susceptibility, and are now prepared by education to discharge the duties connected with any station in civilized life, even those which require the highest grade of education."
A SCHOOL HISTORY OF THE NEGRO RACE IN AMERICA, FROM 1619 TO 1890 (1890) PREFACE: " To the many thousand colored teachers in our country is this book dedicated. During my experience of eleven years as a teacher, I have often felt that the children of the race ought to study some work that would give them a little information on the many brave deeds and noble characters of their own race. I have often observed the sin of omission and commission on the part of white authors, most of whom seem to have written exclusively for white children, and studiously left out the many creditable deeds of the Negro. The general tone of most of the histories taught in our schools has been that of the inferiority of the Negro, whether actually said in so many words, or left to be implied from the highest laudation of the deeds of one race to the complete exclusion of those of the other. It must, indeed, be a stimulus to any people to be able to refer to their ancestors as distinguished in deeds of valor, and peculiarly so to the colored people. But how must the little colored child feel when he has completed the assigned course of U. S. History and in it found not one word of credit, not one word of favorable comment for even one among the millions of his foreparents who have lived through nearly three centuries of his country's history! The Negro is hardly given a passing notice in many of the histories taught in the schools; he is credited with no heritage of valor; he is mentioned only as a slave, while true historical records prove him to have been among the most patriotic of patriots, among the bravest of soldiers, and constantly a God-fearing, faithful producer of the nation's wealth."
WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT, BY BENJAMIN BRAWLEY" In the history of the Negro race in America no more heroic work has been done than that performed by the Negro woman."
DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN SOUTH: AMERICAN SLAVE NARRATIVES Massive collection of primary e-book sources written on slavery in America.
CIRCULAR, ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE GENERAL ORDERS, NO. 32 (1864) "The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That all male free Negroes and other free persons of color, not including those who are free under the treaty of Paris of 1803, or under the treaty of Spain of 1819, resident in the Confederate States, between the ages of 18 and 50 years, shall be..." Did you catch that; "free Negroes" in the south over 60 years before the end of the Civil War ?
AFRO-AMERICAN ENCYCLOPAEDIA: THOUGHTS, DOINGS, AND SAYINGS OF THE RACE(1895) DEDICATION: "To all, of whatever nationality, who desire to know more of the progress and achievements of the race, and especially to Afro-Americans, old and young, but more especially to those noble, consecrated Christian men and women, who have rendered me such valuable assistance in the preparation of this work, is this volume dedicated."
NARRATIVES OF COLORED AMERICANS (1875) "AT a great fire in the city of New York a hundred houses had been burned. Dr. Ely overtook a colored woman who was carrying under one arm a bundle of wood, and under the other a large Bible. "Poor woman," said he, "have you been burnt out too?" "Yes, sir," said she, "but blessed be God, I'm alive." "You are very old to be turned out of house and home." "I'm well stricken in years, but God does it." "Have you saved nothing but the Bible?" "Nothing," said she, "but one trunk of things; but this blessed Book is worth more than all the rest; it makes me feel better than all the rest. So long as I keep this, I am content.""
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