Slavery & Liberty: Black Patriots of the American Revolution

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Academic Conference to be held June 24-26, 2011 in Baltimore, MD

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (the SAR) proudly announced today that it will host its second SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution on June 24-26, 2011 in Baltimore, MD. The topic of the 2011 SAR Annual Conference will be 'Slavery & Liberty: Black Patriots of the American Revolution.'

2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Benjamin Quarles' groundbreaking work, 'The Negro in the American Revolution.' The 2011 SAR Annual Conference will be dedicated to the memory of Prof. Quarles, and will take place in part at Morgan State University, where Prof. Quarles taught and chaired the Department of History.

Among the prominent historians who will present papers at the 2011 SAR Annual Conference will be Gary Nash (UCLA), Sylvia Frey (Tulane), Louis Wilson (Smith College), Julie Winch (Massachusetts) and Philip Morgan (Johns Hopkins). Robert M.S. McDonald of the U.S. Military Academy is the current SAR Distinguished Scholar, and he will facilitate the 2011 SAR Annual Conference.

'Slavery & Liberty’ will be open to the public for a nominal registration fee. The registration fee for college and graduate students will be discounted. Full registration details can be found on the SAR website, http://www.sar.org/News/2011-SAR-Annual-Conference-American-Revolution.

At least 5,000 – and perhaps as many as 20,000 – African Americans fought for the American cause during the Revolution, and helped our Nation achieve its Independence and Liberty. The SAR takes seriously its role to preserve the memory of all Revolutionary War patriots, and we are glad to honor black patriots of the American Revolution by hosting this academic conference.

Founded in 1889, and chartered by the U.S Congress in 1906, the SAR has over 29,000 members around the world. The SAR has had African American members for decades, and in recent years, we have happily welcomed more black men into our ranks. Many of these African American men are descended from white patriots of the Revolution, but many others are descended from black patriots. The SAR welcomes all men, regardless of race, who are descended from Revolutionary War patriots.

One of our members is Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of Harvard University. Dr. Gates is the Chairman of Harvard’s African-American Studies Department, and the Director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute. In addition to his scholarly publications, Dr. Gates is also the producer/host of several documentaries, including the acclaimed ‘African American Lives.’ The DuBois Institute, with some help from the SAR, has launched the Black Patriots Research Project, http://dubois.fas.harvard.edu/black-patriots-project.

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For the Sons of the American Revolution go to http://www.sar.org.
For the 2011 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution, 'Slavery & Liberty: Black Patriots of the American Revolution', contact Joe Dooley at joe(dot)dooley(dot)1776(at)gmail(dot)com.

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