During the American Revolution, thousands of slaves fled from their masters to find freedom with the British. Having emancipated themselvesand with rhetoric about the inalienable rights of free men ringing in their earsthese men and women struggled tenaciously to make liberty a reality in their lives.
This alternative narrative includes the stories of dozens of individualsincluding Harry, one of George Washington's slaveswho 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.
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About the Author
Cassandra Pybus holds the Australian Research Council Chair of History at the University of Tasmania. An award-winning author who has written ten books, she is a frequent Fulbright professor and international fellow at American universities.
Table of Contents
Foreword Ira Berlin ix
A Note on Sources xix
Liberty or Death 3
Crossing over to Freedom's Shore 21
Marching to Catastrophe 37
Fleeing the Founding Fathers 57
Starving in the Streets of London 75
Bound for Australia's Fatal Shore 89
Relief for London's Black Poor 103
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
Biographies of Significant Black Refugees 209