Rough Crossings

Rough Crossings

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name = Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
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author = Simon Schama
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language = English
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genre = History
publisher = BBC Books
release_date = 2005
media_type = Print (book)
pages = 445
isbn = ISBN 0-06-053916-X
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"Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution " is a history book and television series by Simon Schama.

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 England that established that slavery was not legally valid in England itself, how the British government offered freedom to enslaved African Americans if 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 Scotia and 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 Leone are 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 [ [ Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres - News ] ] .

External links


* [ Rough Crossings: Britain, The Slaves And The American Revolution] - BBC 2005-09-08
* [ Rough Crossings] - BBC 2006-05-04


* [ Simon Schama: Rough Crossings (DVD)] - BBC 2007-07-30
* [ Rough Crossing] - [ blue post production]
* [ Rough Crossings] - (preview) youtube


ee also

* Black Loyalist
* African American history
* History of slavery in the United States
* History of Sierra Leone

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