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Description - Rough Crossings by Simon Schama, CBE

The astonishing story of the struggle to freedom by thousands of African-American slaves in the American War of Independence

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, where they hoped that freedom would finally greet them.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099536079
ISBN-10: 0099536072
Format: Paperback / softback
(197mm x 125mm x 34mm)
Pages: 544
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Apr-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Simon Schama, CBE

Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York. Since 1995 he has been art and culture critic for The New Yorker and essayist for The Guardian. His award-winning books include The Embarrassment of Riches- An Interpreatation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age; Citizens; Rembrandt's Eyes and the History of Britain trilogy. His most recent book, SImon Schama's Power of Art, was published to critical acclaim in 2006.

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