SYMHC Classics: Double Agent James Armistead and the American Revolution

A copy of an engraving by Noel le Mire, showing the Marquis de Lafayette alongside James Armistead. Photo by Interim Archives/Getty Images

Today's classics revisits an episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina about James Armistead. He was a slave in Virginia, but got his master's approval to enlist when the Revolutionary War came. Armistead worked as a spy, and his story is one of many free and enslaved African-Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War.

The original episode can be found here: