Double Agent: James Armistead and the American Revolution


From the Marquis de Lafayettes certificate commending James Armistead for his revolutionary war service, 1784. From the New York Public Library. Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

James Armistead 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.

Topics in this Podcast: Spies, American Revolution, black history, American history, 17th century, U.S. history