My name is Purchase Brown and I am serving in the militia at the hand of my father, Captain David Brown. My ancestors before me where blessed enough to have the security of land and wealth. However, though time and the wills of people our land has been split up so many times that I doubt I will have land of my own. I have to look west towards new land because “the incentives to stay in Concord were modest at best, and meager by most expectations.” (Gross 85). Like many from my generation Concord is becoming congested and without enough land to go towards young men. This caused a “conflict at home was even more threatening the contention in the commun...
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...oss 186) During John Jack’s time, “slaves were a badge of status,” (Gross 95) but if they worked hard enough they could buy their freedom to become no voting members of society, and still not as respected as whites. “John Jack, after all, had to buy a freedom that was a birthright of every white man in town.” (Gross 96) So I don’t know why these people went to war against you for their freedom, but the don’t view everyone in this land free.
I have been to Jack’s burial site and his read his grave, and wonder where would us blacks be if you won during the revolution. The Tory, people that supported your cause during the revolution wrote, “Tho’ born in a land of slavery, He was born free. Tho’ he lived in a land of liberty, He lived a slave.” (Gross 97) When I read this, I interpret it as a call to end the horrors of slavery and that all men should be treated justly.
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