Rough Crossings

Rough Crossings

Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution

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Rough Crossings turns on a single huge question: if you were black in America at the start of the Revolutionary War, whom would you want to win? In response to a declaration by the last governor of Virginia that any rebel-owned slave who escaped and served the King would be emancipated, tens of thousands of slaves -- Americans who clung to the sentimental notion of British freedom -- escaped from farms, plantations and cities to try to reach the British camp. This mass movement lasted as long as the war did, and a military strategy originally designed to break the plantations of the American South had unleashed one of the great exoduses in American history.
Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2007
Edition: First Harper Perennial edition
Copyright Date: ♭2005
ISBN: 9780060539177
0060539178
Branch Call Number: 973.30896 Sch161R 2007
Characteristics: xiv, 478 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm

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gailygirl
Sep 15, 2007

Superb historical account. Very thoroughly researched - comprehensive comes to mind. Scholarly but not too scholarly. Schama includes enough of the human anecdotal to keep our interest while presenting this historical account of some lesser-known parts of The American Revolution and The French Revolution - oh, and some history of Canada and Nova Scotia as well. The reality is a little daunting - survival as a slave is so (fortunately) removed from our own modern lives.

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