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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
 

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ISBN-10: 0807055158

ISBN-13: 9780807055151

Pub. Date: 02/15/2007

Publisher: Beacon Press

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

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 Press
Publication date:
02/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
766,936
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Ira Berlin     ix
Prologue     xiii
A Note on Sources     xix
Part I
Liberty or Death     3
Crossing over to Freedom's Shore     21
Marching to Catastrophe     37
Fleeing the Founding Fathers     57
Part II
Starving in the Streets of London     75
Bound for Australia's Fatal Shore     89
Relief for London's Black Poor     103
Part III
Recalcitrant Convicts in New South Wales     123
The Province of Freedom in Sierra Leone     139
At the End of the World in New South Wales     157
Promises Unfulfilled in Sierra Leone     169
In Bondage to This Tyrannous Crew     183
Epilogue     203
Acknowledgments     207
Biographies of Significant Black Refugees     209
Notes     221
Sources     253
Index     271

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