A SCHOOL HISTORY OF THE
yes, so far as the Northern colonies are concerned,
but not without much opposition in the courts and
legislatures. Virginia also passed an act in 1783
emancipating the slaves who had fought in the
Revolution. Many individual slaves were emanci¬
pated by special acts of the legislatures for their
courage and bravery.
George Washington set his slaves free by his
will, and many slave-owners did the same.
The slaves who joined the British army were sub¬
jected to all sorts of horrors. Thousands died with
small-pox and other contagious diseases. A great
number were sent to the West Indies in exchange
" for rum, sugar, coffee and fruit."
LAFAYETTE AND KOSCIUSKO.
LaFayette, the brilliant young Frenchman, and
Kosciusko, the generous Pole, volunteered their ser¬
vices in behalf of freedom for the Americans during
the Revolution. They fought, though, for the free¬
dom of all Americans. LaFayette said in a letter
to a Mr. Clarkson : " I would never have drawn
my sword in the cause of America, if I could have
conceived that thereby I was founding a land of
While Visiting America in 1825, he expressed
a warm desire to see some of the many colored sol