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  • African American soldiers served with  at the battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill. In November 1775. Congress decided to exclude blacks from future enlistment out of a sensitivity to the opinion of southern slave holders. But Lord Dunmore's promise of freedom to slaves who enlisted in the British army, fearful that black soldiers might join the redcoats army.
  • In the beginning African Americans were allowed to fight in the Battle of Bunker Hill. This changed when the constitution decided to be more sensitive to the people of the south.
  • Slavery in America began when the first African slaves were brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia in 1619.  They were brought to help plant crops such as tobacco.
  • Slavery was practiced throughout the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, and African-American slaves helped build the economic foundations of the new nation.
  • African Americans played an important role in the revolution. They fought battles, and one slave even helped row Washington across the Delaware river. All together about 5,000 freed slaves served in the Continental army during the revolution.
  • Thousands of slaves won their freedom by serving on both sides of the War of Independence. As a result thousands of other slaves freed themselves by running away.
  • In 1863 Lincoln ordered freedom of all slaves in the areas "in rebellion" freeing millions of slaves. He did not call for a immediate end to slavery until the 13th Amendment.
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