- Rough Crossings
name = Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
author = Simon Schama
language = English
publisher = BBC Books
release_date = 2005
media_type = Print (book)
pages = 445
isbn = ISBN 0-06-053916-X
"Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution " is a history book and television series by
This gives an account of the history of thousands of enslaved
African Americans who escaped to the British cause during the American War of Independence. It tells of the legal battles in Englandthat established that slavery was not legally valid in England itself, how the British governmentoffered freedom to enslaved African Americansif they would fight for the king. Also the book discusses the many ambiguities involved - some loyalists were slave-owners, some blacks were recruited for the War of Independence.
The book then follows the fate of these
African Americans: the original group who settled Sierra Leone from London, those who were sent to Nova Scotiaand were treated unfairly there, and how some then settled in what was to become Sierra Leone. The descendants of those who settled in Freetown, Sierra Leoneare known as the Sierra Leone Creole people. They have strong ancestral ties with mainly the United States, Caribbean, and Canada.
In Other Media
In 2007 Headlong Theatre produced a stage adaptation, adapted by
Caryl Phillips, on UK tour [ [http://everymanplayhouse.com/news/full-story.asp?Article_ID=408 Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres - News ] ] .
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* [http://www.bbcshop.com/invt/9780563493655 Rough Crossings] -
* [http://www.bbcshop.com/invt/bbcdvd2433&bklist= Simon Schama: Rough Crossings (DVD)] -
* [http://www.bluepp.co.uk/portfolio/qr/rough-crossing/index.html Rough Crossing] - [http://www.bluepp.co.uk/about-us.html blue post production]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdaznJ-zMX4 Rough Crossings] - (preview)
African American history
History of slavery in the United States
History of Sierra Leone
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