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But Lord Dunmore's promise of freedom to slaves who enlisted in the British army led Congress reluctantly to reverse it decision, fearful that black soldiers might join the redcoats.
Revolution and Social Change: The American Revolution as …
Perhaps the last word on the complex causes of the Revolution should be left to an obscure participant, Levi Preston, a Minuteman from Danvers, Massachusetts. Asked sixty-seven years after Lexington and Concord about British oppressions, the ninety-one year-old veteran responded to his his young interviewer, "What were they? Oppressions I didn't feel them. He was then asked, "What, were you not oppressed by the Stamp Act? Preston replied that he "never saw one of those stamps. . . I am certain I never paid a penny for one of them. [They had been destroyed.] What about the tax on tea? "Tea-tax! I never drank a drop of the stuff; the boys threw it all overboard." His interviewer finally asked why he decided to fight for independence. "Young man," Preston replied, "what we meant in going for those redcoats was this: we had always had governed ourselves, and we always meant to. They didn't mean we should."
The troubles began the previous August when the British fleet unloaded a force of Redcoats at the top of the Chesapeake Bay with the objective of capturing the American capital at Philadelphia.