Sunday, July 1, 2012

Forgotten Patriots : Featured Library Resource for July 2012

As we approach the annual celebration of our country's birth, consider the contents of this 2008 volume published by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR): Forgotten patriots - African American and American Indian Patriots of the Revolutionary War : a guide to service, sources and studies. 

Since the mid-1980's, the DAR has supported a project researching and publishing information about the contributions of African Americans, Native Americans, and those of mixed racial heritage, to the American cause in the struggle for independence.  This is a greatly expanded version of the original 2001 volume, and is now available online including a supplement covering 2008-2012.  (These downloads are available at the DAR website here.)  The 2008 version is now out of print, but we have it in our Genealogy Room.

This substantial volume names over 6,600 black, native or mixed-race individuals who served in some capacity in the Revolutionary War.  The listings are arranged by state, within regions, with an introductory discussion for each region and state, and a bibliography of sources.  There are also chapters about naval and other military records, foreign allies, and the West Indies.

In addition, there are appendices discussing the difficulties of this research, clues that can be found in names, a census map of the enslaved population in 1790, and more.

We hope you'll come to the Genealogy Room at the Dennis Public Library and explore this or our other treasure troves of information.