This 10-page paper by Matthew Thorenz was initially presented as Black Patriots Revealed: African-Americans in the Continental Army, Feb. 12, 2012, at New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. This intriguing overview of often forgotten history can be easily read by most high school students. Teachers of younger students could use excerpts. See the blog for sample stories of Jude Hall and Jabez Jolley.
(Photo: Temple of Virtue, New Windsor Cantonment, by Gleaves Whitney, Grand Valley State University)