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The Common CauseCreating Race and Nation in the American Revolution$
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Robert G. Parkinson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469626635

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626635.001.0001

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The “Shot Heard ’Round the World” Revisited

The “Shot Heard ’Round the World” Revisited

(p.78) Interlude The “Shot Heard ’Round the World” Revisited
The Common Cause

Robert G. Parkinson

University of North Carolina Press

This interlude is about the immediate reaction to the reports of bloodshed at Lexington and Concord. As word swept south and west from Massachusetts, colonists interpreted this news in terms of what war might mean for African Americans and Indians in their particular communities. In Maryland, Virginia, and South Carolina, worries about slave insurrections brought some towns to the brink of violence. Meanwhile, in upper New York, concern about Indians' acting in league with the king also surfaced immediately, producing another crisis. Before the end of May, the notion that war with Britain might mean conflict with slaves as well as Indians was already influencing patriot political and communication leaders, who focused their attention on these issues in New York and the Deep South rather than on Boston.

Keywords:   Lexington and Concord, African Americans, Indians, slave insurrections, South Carolina, New York, Virginia

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