Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2007. Pages: 478 Publisher: Harper If you were black in America at the start of the Revolutionary War. Which side would you want to win When the last itish 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 itish camp. A military strategy originally designed to eak the plantations of the American South had unleashed one of the great exoduses in US 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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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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"Schama tells this complex story through a series of richly drawn, idiosyncratic individuals, from musical bureaucrats to rebellious slaves."--San Diego Union-Tribune

" Schama is back at his best -and historians don't come much better than that.--Sunday Times (London)

Simon Schama's Rough Crossings . . . brilliantly re-creates the histories of runaway slaves in and after the American revolution.--Sunday Times (London)

"If there's a better living writer of history than Simon Schama, I'd sure like to know who it is."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A lively and accessible book."--Newsday

"A master storyteller."--Newsweek

A master storyteller. --Newsweek"

If there s a better living writer of history than Simon Schama, I d sure like to know who it is. --Cleveland Plain Dealer"

. . .plenty of gorgeous writing from this most elegant of stylists. --Christian Science Monitor"

Schama tells this complex story through a series of richly drawn, idiosyncratic individuals, from musical bureaucrats to rebellious slaves. --San Diego Union-Tribune"

Simon Schama s Rough Crossings . . . brilliantly re-creates the histories of runaway slaves in and after the American revolution.--Sunday Times (London)"

A lively and accessible book. --Newsday"

Schama is back at his best -and historians don t come much better than that.--Sunday Times (London)"

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