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Rough Crossings Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution

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ISBN-10: 006053916X

ISBN-13: 9780060539160

Edition: 2006

Authors: Simon Schama, Simon Schama

List price: $29.95
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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. With powerfully vivid…    
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4/25/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 496
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Simon Schama is the author of The Embarrassment of Riches, Citizens, Landscape and Memory, and most recently, Rembrandt's Eyes. He is currently Old Dominion Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. The second installment of his epic history of Britain is due to be published in April 2001.

Dramatis Personae
British Freedom's Promise
Greeny
John
Endings, Beginnings
Notes and References
Further Reading
Acknowledgements
Index