Posted by: nancyisanders | February 10, 2010

Virtual Book Tour, Day 8: America’s Black Founders

Welcome to Day 8 of my Official Book Tour! It’s been an exciting couple of weeks, and for today’s Official Stop on the tour, we’re linking on over to a great site that’s really celebrating Black History Month. Visit The Golden Pathway by Donna M. McDine.

For today’s picture at the top of my post, I took a photo of my new book, America’s Black Founders, along with replicas of historic documents and Continental currency. The document with the images of the soldiers is a replica of the Call to Arms under General Washington. Over 5000 Black Patriots served as freedom fighters during the American Revolution. Muster rolls are still in existence today documenting their service, many serving with distinction. The document that is rolled up along the left of the book is the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln declaring slaves throughout the southern states forever free. It was because of the hard work and dedication beginning with African American Revolutionary heroes and early Black leaders during the founding years of our nation that slavery was finally brought to an end.

America’s Black Founders: Did You Know?
Black patriot Oliver Cromwell served in the Continental Army for over six years. For his dedicated and heroic service, at the end of the war Oliver Cromwell received an honorable discharge with a Badge of Merit. Commander-in-Chief George Washington signed his papers himself!

Question of the Day:
Have you ever done a search to see if any of your ancestors served in the American Revolution?

At the end of the tour, I’m giving away four exciting prizes. Each time you post a comment here on my blog, I’ll put your name in a hat. You may post any comment you like, or you may post a comment to answer the Question of the Day. And, if you e-mail me for a freebie, I’ll put your name in a hat again. Then, on the last day of the tour, I’ll draw out four names to win the prizes.

Here’s a list of the 4 prizes I’ll be giving away at the end of the tour:

A 2010 wall calendar celebrating Black History

A 2010 wall calendar featuring President Obama and the First Family

A packet of 40 autographed bookmarks or postcards

A winner can either choose my new book for children’s writers or my devotional book for writers who are Christian. Here are the two titles to choose from:
Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children’s Books, Get Them Published, and Build a Successful Writing Career

Anyone Can Get Published: You Can, Too!

Today’s freebie is a word file of the Table of Contents I submitted with my proposal to land a contract to write this book. To receive today’s freebie, e-mail me at Write in the subject line: Table of Contents. I’ll e-mail you the file and put your name in my hat for a drawing to win a prize.

Each day I’m giving away a free downloadable pdf file as part of a teacher’s guide to go along with my book. Each time you e-mail me a request for that day’s worksheet, I’ll put your name in my hat to win a prize. I’ll draw out a winner’s name on the last day of the tour.

To get today’s freebie, send me an e-mail at Write in the subject line: Vocabulary Scramble. I’ll e-mail you another one-page pdf file of word scrambles for students to complete to learn key vocabulary words found in my book.

It was wonderful to have you join in the fun on my Virtual Book Tour today! I’m looking forward to touring again with you tomorrow as we have an extra-special treat! I’ll be answering questions students asked in my husband’s fourth grade class at Fairmont Elementary School.


  1. Nancy – your blog is amazing. What a neat idea to give these “gems” away as prizes!

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to receive a copy of your book; “Yes!” It looks like a real gem worth having!


  2. I’m really enjoying your book tour, Nancy. It’s so much fun to explore the past.

    • Thanks, Dorit!!! I’m putting your name in my hat for the drawing! -Nancy

    • Laura, it’s great to have you on board. Isn’t it amazing to dig up these treasures? -Nancy

  3. That’s a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln right? ;>)

    I’ve never researched if any of my ancestors served in the American Revolution. It’s hard to keep up with my mom’s generation–she is one of 19 kids.

    • Yes, those are all replicas! Smile. And one of 19 kids…wow…that would be hard to investigate! -Nancy

  4. Your tour is so much fun, Nancy! And you offer such interesting information. I know my ancestors were here in America before the Revolution, but I don’t know for sure that they fought in it. My cousin said we qualify for DAR. Does that mean our ancestors fought or were just here?

    • I’m so glad you’re joining in on the tour, Ev! And I think that if you qualify for DAR it means your ancestors fought in the Am. Revolution. Check it out! -Nancy

      • Yes, if they say you qualify it means the ancestor did fight in the revolution. My mother was a DAR. I never joined but am thinking about it. Once you or a blood relative join you are on “on the books” and then other relatives or your children can join the DAR easily. They do a lot of good works.

      • What a legacy your ancestor has left for you! And how wonderful it would be to pass that on to your relatives, too. Thanks for sharing. -Nancy

  5. Nancy,
    I have never personally researched that far but since my mothers side of the family were Holis James, early settlers of Ohio, my guess yes. My grandfather had a diary of a relative who was in the Civil War. Does that count? That same Grandfather served in the Infantry on the Mexican border and chased Poncho Via. We have a family picture of him with his Tennessee Walking Horse and the Infantry’s mascot, a chihuahua 🙂 He also was a full col. who served under Patton in WWII. He was an interesting man who experienced a lot of history and changes.


    • Diane, this is fascinating! A chihuahua, too! I haven’t figured out yet if my ancestors were in the American Revolution, although the farm where I grew up was in our family since before the Revolution. Plus we know that several of my family members served in the Civil War, too. But we don’t have any photos of this. That is so great that you have photos! -Nancy

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