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Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution by Simon Schama - First U.S. Edition - April 2006 - from Books of the World (SKU: RWARE0000000427)

Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution

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Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution

by Simon Schama

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006053916X
ISBN 13
9780060539160
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New York: Ecco / HarperCollins, April 2006. First U.S. Edition / full number line. Fine book with pictorial cover in a Fine half jacket. Not from a library. As New but for a black remainder mark on the bottom edge. xiv + 478 pages.

In response to a declaration by the last royal 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. Schama details the odyssey of the escaped blacks through the fires of war and the terror of potential recapture at the war's end, into inhospitable Nova Scotia, where thousands who had served the Crown were betrayed and, in a little-known hegira of the slave epic, sent across the broad, stormy ocean to Sierra Leone.

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Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution is a history book and television series by Simon Schama. This gives an account of the history of thousands of enslaved African Americans who escaped to the British cause during the American War of Independence. It tells of the legal battles in England that established that slavery was not legally valid in England itself, how the British government offered freedom to enslaved African Americans if they would fight for the king.

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Bookseller
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Bookseller Inventory #
RWARE0000000427
Title
Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
Author
Simon Schama
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Fine
Jacket condition
Fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
First U.S. Edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
006053916X
ISBN 13
9780060539160
Publisher
Ecco / HarperCollins
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
April 2006
Keywords
history, slaves, slavery, slave trade, African Americans, Black Americans, American Revolution, Revolutionary War, England, Nova Scotia, Sierra Leone, Great Britain, United States
Bookseller catalogs
Africa; History; Sierra Leone; Britain;
Size
8vo

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