Epic Journeys of Freedom : Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty

ISBN-10: 0807055158

ISBN-13: 9780807055151

Edition: 2007

Authors: Cassandra Pybus

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During the American Revolution, thousands of slaves fled from their masters to find freedom with the British. Having emancipated themselves--and with rhetoric about the inalienable rights of free men ringing in their ears--these men and women struggled tenaciously to make liberty a reality in their lives. This alternative narrative includes the stories of dozens of individuals--including Harry, one of George Washington's slaves--who left America and forged difficult new lives in far-flung corners of the British Empire. Written in the best tradition of history from the bottom up, this pathbreaking work will alter the way we think about the American Revolution. "Epic Journeys of Freedom is a well-written and engaging narrative history that also happens to be the fruit of prodigious research." --George M. Fredrickson, New York Review of Books "What a gripping narrative . . . an awesome achievement." --Alfred F. Young, author of The Shoemaker and the Tea Party Cassandra Pybus is Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow in History at the University of Sydney. An award-winning author who has written ten books, she is a frequent Fulbright professor and international fellow at American universities.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 2/15/2007
Binding: Perfect 
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Foreword
Prologue
A Note on Sources
Liberty or Death
Crossing over to Freedom's Shore
Marching to Catastrophe
Fleeing the Founding Fathers
Starving in the Streets of London
Bound for Australia's Fatal Shore
Relief for London's Black Poor
Recalcitrant Convicts in New South Wales
The Province of Freedom in Sierra Leone
At the End of the World in New South Wales
Promises Unfulfilled in Sierra Leone
In Bondage to This Tyrannous Crew
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Biographies of Significant Black Refugees
Notes
Sources
Index
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