Malcolm Book, Peter's War, Published by Yale University Press

Book cover: Peter's WarYale University Press has published Peter's War, a new book by Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm. In it she outlines the history of a young boy born to slaves in Massachusetts in 1763 and sold to a white couple at the age of nineteen months. Malcolm tells of how the boy, Peter, joins the revolutionary army at age twelve and goes on to take part in several of the key battles of the American Revolution.

Malcolm also relates the story of Titus, a New Jersey slave who joined the British in 1775, emerging as a guerilla leader, and she uses the parallel stories of Peter and Titus to give a sense of the experiences of black soldiers fighting on both sides in the war.

Kirkus Reviews offers these words in its review of Malcolm's work: "In clear, engaging language, Malcolm reconstructs the surroundings, relationships and political atmosphere of the Revolution. . . . Malcolm seamlessly captures the intersection of personal, political and military strategy. History buffs will revel in Peter's never-before-told story, which makes a vivid addition to Revolutionary War literature."

On March 20, Malcolm was interviewed on Dublin Newstalk Radio's Sean Moncrieff Show, about the book. The station was voted Ireland's National Station of the Year in 2006, 2007.

In conjunction with Patriots Day events in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, Malcolm will participate in the Minute Man Anniversary Lecture Series, sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, for a lecture and book signing event on April 23.

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