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Rough crossings : the slaves, the British, and the American Revolution

Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: [New York] : Perennial, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Rough Crossings turns on a single huge question: if you were black in America at the start of the Revolutionary War, whom would you want to win? In response to a declaration by the last 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Schama
ISBN: 9780060539177 0060539178
OCLC Number: 148665064
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 478 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: British freedom's promise --
Part one : Greeny --
Part two : John --
Endings, beginnings.
Responsibility: Simon Schama.

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Rough Crossings turns on a single huge question: if you were black in America at the start of the Revolutionary War, whom would you want to win? In response to a declaration by the last 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.

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