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Rough crossings : Britain, the slaves and the American Revolution, Simon Schama

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Rough crossings : Britain, the slaves and the American Revolution
Title
Rough crossings
Title remainder
Britain, the slaves and the American Revolution
Statement of responsibility
Simon Schama
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Tells the 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. This work follows the escaped blacks into the fires of the war, and into freezing, inhospitable Nova Scotia.
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
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Schama, Simon
Dewey number
  • 973.31
  • 973.3'1
  • 973.31
  • 973.31
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Slavery
  • Blacks
  • History of the Americas
  • Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
  • Social & cultural history
  • Black & Asian studies
  • Slavery & abolition of slavery
  • History
  • History of the Americas
  • Social & cultural history
  • Ethnic studies
  • Slavery & abolition of slavery
  • United States
  • United States
Summary expansion
"Rough 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, wher they hoped that freedom would finally greet them. '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.' - Trevor Burnard, "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. ' - Ellen Gibson Wilson "Daily Telegraph"
Target audience
general
Label
Rough crossings : Britain, the slaves and the American Revolution, Simon Schama
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Hardback
Control code
9780563487098
Dimensions
23x16 cm.
Extent
448 p.
Isbn
9780563487098
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
28p.plate sections(35 images)
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Rough crossings : Britain, the slaves and the American Revolution, Simon Schama
Publication
Note
Hardback
Control code
9780563487098
Dimensions
23x16 cm.
Extent
448 p.
Isbn
9780563487098
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
28p.plate sections(35 images)
Specific material designation
regular print
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