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In addition to the materials recommended for each program unit, additional historical background can be found in the General Resources, an annotated list of books, Web sites, films, and organizations.
Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution.
Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1967.
Ferling, John. First of Men: A Life of George Washington.
Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1988.
Five Black Lives: The Autobiographies of Venture Smith, James Mars [and others].
Introduction by Arna Bontemps.
Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1971.
Frey, Sylvia. Water from the Rock: Black Resistance in a Revolutionary Age.
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1991.
Kaplan, Sidney, and Emma Nogrady Kaplan. The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution.
Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1989.
Quarles, Benjamin. The Negro in the American Revolution.
New York: Norton, 1973.
Sisson, Mary. The Gathering Storm 1787-1829.
Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 1997.
Zinn, Howard. "A Kind of Revolution," in A People's History of the United States.
New York: HarperPerennial, 1995.
Famous Afro-Americans in the American Revolutionary War
Primary sources, examples of student projects, papers, and scholars' essays .
The Modern English Collection
at University of Virginia
Excerpts from the works of African Americans, as well as the writings of Jefferson (including his correspondence to and from Benjamin Banneker).
One for Each Thousand:
A Portrait of Five Black Patriots
Summaries of the accomplishments of black patriots.
Profiles in Connecticut Black History
The story of Venture Smith and other early American historical figures in Connecticut.
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