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Author’s Talk— Revolutionary Blacks: Discovering the Frank Brothers, Freeborn Men of Color, Soldiers of Independence

April 16, 2024 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Through the experiences of William and Benjamin Frank, who enlisted in the Second Rhode Island Regiment of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, Dr. Shirley Green, adjunct professor of history at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University, focuses our attention on the Black experience during the American Revolution by underscoring the significant distinction between free Blacks in military service and those who had been enslaved, and how they responded in different ways to the harsh realities of racism. Drawing her recent book that highlights the experiences of the Frank brothers, this talk presents a complex account of Black life during the revolutionary era to demonstrate that free men of color shared with white soldiers the desire to improve their condition of life and to maintain their families safely in post-colonial North America.

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About the Speaker

Shirley L. Green received her Ph.D. in history from Bowling Green State University after a twenty-six-year career in law enforcement. She is an adjunct professor of history at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University. She is currently the director of the Toledo Police Museum in Toledo, Ohio.


April 16, 2024
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Anderson House
2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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The American Revolution Institute