When the patriots shouted for freedom, many African Americans may have wondered whether it could mean freedom for them as well.
But the patriots did not promise freedom for the slaves.
Certainly, a number of African Americans backed the patriots anyway, but the British made an offer that was hard for slaves to refuse.
The British promised freedom to any slaves who escaped and helped the loyalist cause.
Thousands of men, women, and children risked their lives to take advantage of this offer.