Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty / Edition 1

Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty / Edition 1

by Cassandra Pybus
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807055151
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
02/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,199,388
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Ch. 1Liberty or death3
Ch. 2Crossing over to freedom's shore21
Ch. 3Marching to catastrophe37
Ch. 4Fleeing the founding fathers57
Ch. 5Starving in the streets of London75
Ch. 6Bound for Australia's fatal shore89
Ch. 7Relief for London's black poor103
Ch. 8Recalcitrant convicts in New South Wales123
Ch. 9The province of freedom in Sierra Leone139
Ch. 10At the end of the world in New South Wales157
Ch. 11Promises unfulfilled in Sierra Leone169
Ch. 12In bondage to this tyrannous crew183
Epilogue203
AppBiographies of significant black refugees

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