Rough Crossings

Rough Crossings

Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution

Book - 2005
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Among academic historians, there are few better storytellers than Simon Schama. All his books are big in size and scope, filled with dramatic moments and intriguing personalities. Rough Crossings is classic Schamarama, the epic story the black Loyalists, African-American slaves who sided with the British in the American Revolution. He follows them to Nova Scotia after the war, and then to Sierra Leone in West Africa. It is a majestic, exciting, intercontinental odyssey worthy of Schama's panoramic treatment. This is narrative history at its most engaging.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, c2005
ISBN: 9780670044702
Branch Call Number: 326.0973 SCH NVD
Alternative Title: Rough crossings


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Sep 15, 2007

Superb historical account. Very thoroughly researched - comprehensive comes to mind. Scholarly but not too scholarly. Schama includes enough of the human anecdotal to keep our interest while presenting this historical account of some lesser-known parts of The American Revolution and The French Revolution - oh, and some history of Canada and Nova Scotia as well. The reality is a little daunting - survival as a slave is so (fortunately) removed from our own modern lives.

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