A Colorful Revolution

Signer William Whipple from New Hampshire provides an opportunity to present an element of the Revolution that is rarely mentioned today: the role of people of color—of non-white Americans—in securing America’s independence.

After signing the Declaration, Whipple entered military service as a captain, later becoming a general over his state’s militia. When he initially set out for Washington’s army, he took his slave Prince. Along the way, he turned to Prince and told him that if they were called into battle, he hoped Prince would "behave like a man of courage and fight bravely for his country." Prince replied, "Sir, I have no inducement to fight; but if I had my liberty, I would endeavor to defend it to the last drop of my blood." When Whipple heard this statement, an epiphany occurred; how true were those words! He turned to Prince and freed him on the spot.

This action by Whipple represents something common in the years leading up to the Revolution. As explained by Founder John Jay (a president of the Continental Congress):

Prior to the great Revolution, the great majority… of our people had been so long accustomed to the practice and convenience of having slaves that very few among them even doubted the propriety and rectitude of it.

For many white Americans, slavery was so much a part of the culture that it never crossed their minds to question it; but the Revolution brought a change. As Jay acknowledged:

That men should pray and fight for their own freedom and yet keep others in slavery is certainly acting a very inconsistent as well as unjust and perhaps impious part.

Consequently, many Founders who owned slaves before the Revolution freed them; and numerous became involved in anti-slavery activities, leading abolition societies, or passing anti-slavery laws. Their states even began abolishing slavery, including Connecticut (1777), Massachusetts (1780), Pennsylvania (1780), Rhode Island (1784), Vermont (1786), New Hampshire (1792), New York (1799), New Jersey (1804).

Prince Whipple did fight for America’s liberty and was an excellent soldier. He accompanied General Washington in the legendary Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware (Prince is believed to be the man on the oar in the front of Washington’s boat in the famous 1851 painting of the Crossing of the Delaware). Then after participating with Washington in the Battle of Trenton, Prince also fought in the battles of Saratoga in 1777 and Rhode Island in 1778. Prince directly attended General Washington and the general staff throughout the Revolution, serving as a soldier and aide at the highest levels.

Prince was representative of thousands of black patriots who fought for American independence. Others included:

Wentworth Cheswell — elected to office in New Hampshire in 1768, he made a Paul Revere-like ride to rouse patriots


Salem Poor — a soldier in the battles of Bunker Hill, Saratoga, and Monmouth, he endured the devastating winter at Valley Forge


Peter Salem — a decorated hero at the Battle of Bunker Hill


Prince Estabrook — a black Minuteman wounded at Lexington


James Armistead — America’s first double spy

These are just a few examples of the thousands who fought side-by-side with their white friends during the Revolution to achieve independence


for all Americans.

But the patriots in the American Revolution were not just black and white, they also included Hispanics such as Juan Miralles, Bernardo de Galvez, and Francisco Saavedra; and many Irish fought alongside the Americans, including General Richard Montgomery and Commodore John Barry. There were also Frenchmen such as General LAFAYETTE and Admiral DeGrasse; Poles such as Count Pulaski and General THADDEUS KOSCIUSZKO; Germans such as Generals De Kalb and Von Steuben; and others. Additionally, many Eastern Indian tribes joined the cause, including the Stockbridge, Passamaquoddy, St. John’s, Penobscot, Oneidas, and Tuscarora tribes.

The American patriots were not just men of all colors and nationalities, they numbered women as well, including:

Mercy Otis Warren — America’s first female historian, called "The Conscience of the Revolution"

"Captain" Margaret Corbin — when her husband was wounded, she took over his cannon and fired with deadly accuracy; she was seriously wounded and was granted a lifetime military disability by the Continental Congress

Deborah Sampson — posing as a man, she entered and served in the Continental Army

Abigail Adams — she was the source of accurate military intelligence for her husband, John, and the Continental Congress

Sybil Ludington — she made an all- night Paul Revere-like ride of 40 miles through New York, calling patriots to arms against a British attack

Mary Ludwig Hays — when her husband was shot, she took his place in the artillery corps and was awarded a military pension by the Pennsylvania legislature.

Furthermore, the patriots were not just Christians but also Jews, including notables such as:

Haym Salomon — who helped secure the financing for George Washington to continue the Revolution

Isaac Moses — a blockade runner carrying supplies to American troops

Major Benjamin Nones — a leader in the battles of Savannah and Camden

Mordecai Sheftall — a patriot leader in Georgia

Francis Salvador — the first Jewish patriot to die in the Revolution

Colonels David and Isaac Franks — military as well as synagogue leaders




In short, the Revolution was fought by American men and women— black, white, and brown; Christian and Jewish Americans; English, Polish, Irish, French, and German Americans—but Americans all; and every one of them committed to securing liberty, self-government, and unalienable rights.


Reviewing the diversity of the patriots who fought beside each other in the American Revolution, one is reminded of the wholesome definition of “American” taught to immigrants in previous generations. As a 1941 immigration text explained:

What is an American? An American is a man who is greater in his soul than in his class, creed, political party, or the section in which he lives. To be an American, a man must have an American soul and believe in the spiritual realities upon which America rests and out of which America was born. America was created to unite mankind by those passions which lift and not by the passions which separate and debase… The man who seeks to divide men from men, group from group, interest from interest in this great Union is striking at its very heart.

It is time to re-embrace this definition and reject the post-structuralism, de-constructionism, and identity politics that seek to divide Americans rather than unite us. We must not allow epluribus unum (out of many, one) to become e unum pluribus (out of one, many). As George Washington admonished:

The name of ‘American,’ which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation [title] derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits... With such powerful and obvious motives to union affecting all parts of our country… there will always be reason to distrust the patriotism of those who in any quarter may endeavor to weaken its bands.


 




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The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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