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    DescriptionRough Crossings is the astonishing story of the struggle to freedom by thousands of African-American slaves who fled the plantations to fight behind British lines in the American War of Independence. With gripping, powerfully vivid story-telling, Simon Schama follows the escaped blacks into the fires of the war, and into freezing, inhospitable Nova Scotia where many who had served the Crown were betrayed in their promises to receive land at the war's end. Their fate became entwined with British abolitionists: inspirational figures such as Granville Sharp, the flute-playing father-figure of slave freedom, and John Clarkson, the 'Moses' of this great exodus, who accompanied the blacks on their final rough crossing to Africa, where they hoped that freedom would finally greet them.


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    Title
    Rough Crossings
    Subtitle
    Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Schama
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 125 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099536079
    ISBN 10: 0099536072
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK, HBTS
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/18CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET020
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/AFROAM
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036030
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP020
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/BLAHIS
    BISAC V2.8: SOC054000
    DC22: 326.09730903
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    DC22: 973.343
    BIC subject category V2: HBWF, 3JF, 1DBK
    BISAC V2.8: SOC001000
    Thema V1.0: JBSL, NHTB, NHD, NHK, NHTS
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (some col.), maps
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    02 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York. His books have been translated into 15 languages and give an idea of his range: Citizens: a Chronicle of the French Revolution, Landscape and Memory, Rembrandt's Eyes, A History of Britain, The Power of Art,The American Future: A History and, most recently, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writings on Politics, Churchill and My Mother. His art columns for the New Yorker won the national magazine Award for criticsim and journalism and his journalism has appeared regularly in the Guardian and Financial Times where he is Contributing Editor. He has written and presented forty films for BBC2 on subjects as diverse as Tolstoy, American politics and John Donne and won an Emmy for The Power of Art. Simon Schama was awarded a CBE in 2001.
    Review quote
    "This brilliant book by the leading historian of our times about a subject of great significance will delight professional historians and entrance the reading public. Rough Crossings succeeds in all respects. It is a 'tour de force' and a landmark in historical scholarship" Times Higher Education Supplement "Schama's gift for plunging us into the very centre of the action, whether in Charleston, London or on the African coast, makes reading an exhilarating experience" Daily Telegraph "Brilliant and deeply moving" Observer "Schama has a remarkable ability to stare into the anonymous faces in the crowd and to pluck them from historical obscurity. Rough Crossings gives voice to people who have, until now, remained mere names on duty lists" -- James Walvin "One only has to dip into Rough Crossings to appreciate the command of detail that lies behind his apparently effortless ability to come up with the right quotation or description" Times Literary Supplement