We commonly think of the American Revolution as simply the war for independence from British colonial rule. This title asks us to rethink what we know about the Revolutionary War, to realize that while white Americans were fighting for their freedom, many black Americans were joining the British imperial forces to gain theirs.
Alan Gilbert is a John Evans Professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of Marx's Politics: Communists and Citizens, Democratic Individuality, and Must Global Politics Constrain Democracy? He lives with his wife, Paula, and their son, Sage, in the mountains of Morrison, Colorado.