Author Talk and Book Signing: John U. Rees

African American soldiers, free and enslaved, were a core part of the Continental Army. Join author John U. Rees for a presentation about his recent book, ‘They Were Good Soldiers’: African–Americans Serving in the Continental Army, 1775-1783’ (UK: Helion and Company, 2019). In ‘They Were Good Soldiers’, Rees compares the inclusion and treatment of African Americans in the Continental Army with how British and Loyalist forces perceived them. Citing his research from veterans’ pension narratives, Rees will offer insights into African American lives and experiences during the American Revolution. A book signing will follow the talk.

Prior to the talk, Members are invited to meet John U. Rees for light refreshments in Founders Boardroom, Level 3, at 1:15pm. Click here for Member Reception tickets.

About John U. Rees

A lifelong resident of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, John U. Rees been writing about common soldiers' experiences in the War for American Independence for over 30 years, on subjects ranging from battle studies, army food and the soldier’s burden, to army wagons and watercraft, campaign shelters, Continental Army conscription, and women with the army. His work has appeared in the ALHFAM Bulletin (Association of Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums), American Revolution (Magazine of the American Revolution Association), Journal of the American Revolution (online), Military Collector & Historian, Minerva: Quarterly Report on Women and the Military, Muzzleloader Magazine, Percussive Notes (Journal of the Percussive Arts Society), Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, and Repast (Quarterly Publication of the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor). He was for 15 years a regular columnist for the quarterly newsletter Food History News writing on soldiers' food, wrote four entries for the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, and thirteen entries for the revised Thomson Gale edition of Boatner’s Encyclopedia of the American Revolutions. An article list and many complete works are accessible online at The World of the Common Soldier.