Season 2, Episode 2: Who Were the Bucks of America?
In this episode, we closely examine one of the most noteworthy items in the MHS collection: the Bucks of America flag. The flag is one of the only remaining artifacts of the Bucks of America, an African American militia based in Boston during the Revolutionary era. There is very little known about the unit with no official military record of their service. We discuss the few pieces of evidence that we have including the flag presented by Governor John Hancock after the end of the Revolutionary War.
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Episode Special Guests:
J. L. Bell is the author of The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War and proprietor of the Boston 1775 blog. An MHS Fellow, he helped to design the society’s online exhibit “Thomas Nast: A Life in Cartoons.”
Ben Remillard is a PhD candidate at the University of New Hampshire. His research interests include the study of war and society, memory, and digital pedagogy. His dissertation examines the lives of New England's Revolutionary War soldiers of color.
This episode uses materials from:
Great Egret by Chad Crouch (Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International)
Psychic by Dominic Giam of Ketsa Music (licensed under a commercial non-exclusive license by the Massachusetts Historical Society through Ketsa.uk)
Curious Nature by Dominic Giam of Ketsa Music (licensed under a commercial non-exclusive license by the Massachusetts Historical Society through Ketsa.uk)