Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution

Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution


By (author) Simon Schama


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  • Format: Paperback | 478 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 34mm | 1,880g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0060539178
  • ISBN 13: 9780060539177
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 551,214

Product description

If you were black in America at the start of the Revolutionary War, which side would you want to win? When the last British governor of Virginia declared that any rebel-owned slave who escaped and served the king would be emancipated, tens of thousands of slaves fled from farms, plantations, and cities to try to reach the British camp. A military strategy originally designed to break the plantations of the American South had unleashed one of the great exoduses in U.S. history. With powerfully vivid storytelling, Schama details the odyssey of the escaped blacks through the fires of war and the terror of potential recapture, shedding light on an extraordinary, little-known chapter in the dark saga of American slavery.

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