Black Founders and/or Black Revolutionary War Patriots You Never Heard About In School


Yep, Glenn Beck did it again. Yesterday, he was right there on the TV, expounding about prominent black men who’d been involved in founding our country. One such man even rode one way when Paul Revere went another as they both warned colonists the British were coming. Can you imagine the flak Sarah Palin would have caught if she’d mentioned Wentworth Cheswell, the African American version of Paul Revere?

I ignored the show. Sort of. Had other things going on.

Now it’s my turn, just digging through the Internet at random, maybe picking up on some of the same historical black superstars Beck mentioned, but most certainly fnding others as well. None of them come from school memories, though. The only famous black genius I can recall at all from my school textbooks–you guessed it, George Washington Carver with his work on agricultural crops, especially peanuts.

Plus, because of my background in rodeo, I obviously had to know about black cowboy Bill Pickett, who invented the sport of bulldogging (steer wrestling) the hard way. His technique involved biting the bovine on the lip and then falling backward. For some reason, later ‘doggers quit biting the bull and just rassled the critters to the ground. No idea why!

Even those two, however, came along much later than the founding of our nation. Let’s see who we can find out there, lurking in the labyrinth of under-reported (to put it mildly) history.

 Bill Pickett, inventor of the rodeo event known as bulldogging (or, later, steer wrestling).

Bill Pickett, inventor of the rodeo event known as bulldogging (or, later, steer wrestling).

Like Wentworth Cheswell, James Armistead first came to my attention via Glenn Beck’s program. This dude, according to Beck, “…may have won the war” for the colonists.

Why? Double spy.

That is, the British believed Armistead was working for them when in truth his deeper allegiance was to the future United States of America. You know, fed George the Third’s people a pile of horse poo while passing on accurate intel to the George the Washington.

Gotta love a guy like that. Especially if he’s on your side.

One correction: Beck may have only part of the man’s name, which appears as James Armistead Lafayette in most online sources.

James Armistead Lafayette

James Armistead Lafayette

Finding records of the names of individual black soldiers fighting for the rebel cause turned out to be a bit of a “lost cause”, but there were definitely more than a few such. An excerpt from an article by Robert A. Selig at AMERICANREVOLUTION.ORG states,

During the winter of 1777-78, dozens of black Virginians served in every one of the state regiments, freezing, starving, and dying at Valley Forge. By February 1778, the survivors were marching with white comrades through the snow, practicing Baron von Steuben’s as yet unfamiliar drill. When the Steuben-trained army proved its mettle at Monmouth in June, about 700 blacks fought side-by-side with whites. Eight weeks later, an army report listed 755 blacks in the Continental Army, including 138 Blacks in the Virginia Line.

Some of those must have been members of the Rhode Island First Regiment, sometimes called “the black regiment” because several companies were made up of African American soldiers.

Soldiers from the Rhode Island First. (Reenactment).

Soldiers from the Rhode Island First. (Reenactment).

Austin Dabney of Georgia was one of the few black men who soldiered against the British in the South. Not that he volunteered or anything like that; his owner “sold” him into service with the Continental Army as a substitute for having to do his own fighting for the American cause.

Naturally, there was a whole lot of lying going on. Slaves weren’t acceptable as soldiers to the rebels (though they could readily flee to the British and fight for them, which many did), so Dabney kind of got his freedom and his draft notice all in one motion. But he served honorably, took a wound to the thigh that crippled him forever after, and–heck, Google the guy yourself; his is overall a pretty cool story.

Hint: He didn’t let a little thing like being cripped up keep him from succeeding in business!

Austin Dabney gravesite.

Austin Dabney gravesite.

That’s not the end of the list by a long shot, but enough for now. Time to get to Glenn Beck’s question. He wants to know why our nation’s history has been so inaccurately represented for as far back as any of us living can remember.

Guess what? I don’t care why. Sure, it could involve some great long-lived conspiracy (at which Glenn seems to be hinting), but you know what? A simpler answer seems more likely. It could be (even unconscious) racism, who needs to hear about the black heroes of the Revolution, that sort of thing–but probably no more than that at most.

Our Progressive NWO-advocating political opponents may not even know their black history when it comes to the Founding of the United States of America. They may even believe it when they spout off (incessantly) about the Constitution being written by and for “a bunch of old white men” (and therefore something akin to disposable Charmin to be used and abused at will).

What does matter is that those of us who are now Awake in America encourage our fellow citizens to begin correcting this oversight in their American history education. If they know any American history at all as a foundation, that is.

According to Jay Leno’s “Jaywalking” segments, far too many believe our nation was founded in 1922. By whom, they doubtless have no clue.

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