“AND WE DON’T EVEN KNOW THEIR NAMES”

by Sharon Rondeau

(Nov. 25, 2016) — In a special Thanksgiving edition on Thursday, constitutional scholar and instructor KrisAnne Hall devoted her radio show to the many unnamed heroes of the American Revolution, some of whom were once slaves but achieved their freedom for agreeing to fight with the colonists against the British.

She explained that a part of history not taught in schools today includes “freemen” Peter Salem, George Middleton, Crispus Attucks, and Ned Hector.

Hall travels the country most of the year teaching constitutional principles and the founding documents at her own expense and has been recommended by several hundred Americans as a resource for the incoming Trump administration in the field of constitutional education.

At 9:38 in the broadcast, Hall explained that the British, too, enlisted slaves in the conflict with the colonies but, unlike the Americans, returned them to slavery afterward.  “The people of our colonies were freeing slaves for loving liberty,” she said.  Of the American slaves who fought, she noted, “There are some free men who gave their only free breath so that we could have liberty.”

Hall contended that the slaves who were freed in the cause of liberty belied the “education system of America who conscientiously wipes them out of history so that they can keep their propaganda about the evil nature of the founding of America” (11:23).


At 12:23, Hall introduced those who did not physically take up arms against the British yet played a vital part in achieving American independence.  Those include Bernardo de Galvez, a Spaniard then serving as the governor of Louisiana, and John Witherspoon, a Presbyterian minister who represented New Jersey in the Continental Congress and whose son died in the war.

There were several women who Hall noted took part in the securing of liberty who she called “Founding Mothers.”

Hall rhetorically asked her audience how we will ever “make America great again” if children are not taught the unfiltered history of “the gift of liberty.”

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