Loyalists Vs Patriots Essay Contest

We commonly think of the American Revolution as simply the war for independence from British colonial rule. But, of course, that independence actually applied to only a portion of the American population—African Americans would still be bound in slavery for nearly another century. Alan Gilbert asks us to rethink what we know about the Revolutionary War, to realize that while white Americans were fighting for their freedom, many black Americans were joining the British imperial forces to gain theirs. Further, a movement led by sailors—both black and white—pushed strongly for emancipation on the American side. There were actually two wars being waged at once: a political revolution for independence from Britain and a social revolution for emancipation and equality.

Gilbert presents persuasive evidence that slavery could have been abolished during the Revolution itself if either side had fully pursued the military advantage of freeing slaves and pressing them into combat, and his extensive research also reveals that free blacks on both sides played a crucial and underappreciated role in the actual fighting. Black Patriots and Loyalists contends that the struggle for emancipation was not only basic to the Revolution itself, but was a rousing force that would inspire freedom movements like the abolition societies of the North and the black loyalist pilgrimages for freedom in Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone.


The National Center for Policy Analysis and Debate Central are happy to announce the 2016-2017 Young Patriots Essay Contest. The essay contest is sponsored by Copart, the premier destination for quality vehicles. The Young Patriots Essay Contest is designed to challenge middle and high school students to creatively engage with public policy and current events through the art of writing. A total of $9,000 scholarship award is available for the winning candidates.

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. The goal of organization goal is to develop and promote private, free-market alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems.


  • Any American citizen or lawful resident who is currently a student in grades 6-12, or recent high school graduates who have never enrolled as a degree-seeking student in any college or university.
  • If you have enrolled in a college course for dual credit during high school, you are still eligible.
  • One other caveat: if you have ever won first place in a previous year’s Young Patriots Essay Contest, you are not eligible to win again.
  • Homeschool students are eligible.
  • American citizens residing abroad are eligible.
  • Non-citizen legal residents are also eligible. International students who do not meet these criteria are not eligible.

How to Apply:

Applying for the scholarship the candidates must fill the entry form and submit the essay. The link is:


Essay Topic:

  • Your essay should be written in English and should not exceed 1,200 words.
  • Your bibliography does not count towards your word total.
  • The topic for the 2016-2017 scholarship essay contest is:“Are international free trade agreements in the best interest of the United States?

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • Earn a college scholarship of up to $9,000.
  • Have your essay published on Debate Central.
  • See your essay posted on the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) home page.
  • Have your essay shared with 200,000 NCPA Policy Patriots via email.
  • Have your winning entry be sent to your hometown newspapers, radio, and TV.

 Application Deadline:

The application form and essay must be submitted by Sunday, January 1, 2017, at 11:00pm.

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