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There were many African Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War, both American and British armies. Some of the men that enlisted were men who were runaway slaves and joined on hopes of freedom. The documents discussed in this assignment were written by two African American men who were runaway slaves that fought in the Revolutionary War. One reading is a letter that was written to the U.S. Commissioner of Pensions and the other letter was written as Memoirs of the Life of Boston King. The readings consist of why they joined the army, their reasons for running away and their life after war.
Jehu Grant was an African American slave who was motivated to write his document after being denied pension. He felt that his explanations would hopefully change the mind of the court’s ruling, and he would be granted is pension for serving in the war.
The other document is a memoir of the life of Boston King, who was also a African American slave. Boston King wrote about his participation in the war, and the time he spent there. Boston also wrote about his reasons for joining and his life after the war. This document was written to describe The British armies and the part that African Americans played during and after war.
Both documents were written for public view and intended to inform African Americans as well as the courts. The readings were both produced long after the events took place. There is a lot of information in both reading that could possibly be history topics. Some include The Life after War for African Americans and another could be Reasons Slaves Run Away.
Jehu Grant and Boston King were two men that enlisted in the American Army for similar reasons but ran away for two very different reasons.
Jehu Grant was a runaway slave who felt that it was absolutely necessary for him to escape and join the army. He was motivated by the fear of being sent away...

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