Great reviews, such as 'This brilliant book by the leading historian of our times about a subject of great significance will delight professional historians and entrance the reading public. The myths we create about our past to edify our young and swell our national pride are nearly always noble and simple. This 2006 National Book Critics Award history covers the period from shortly before the Revolutionary War to 1847. 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. Yes, for which reason thousands of Africans and African-Americans cast their lot with England when revolution came. While at Oxford he wrote Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands 1780-1813 1977 , which won the Wolfson Literary Award, and Two Rothschilds and the Land of Israel 1979.
One of the best books on American history ever written in our time. While the Somerset decision left slavery technically legal, it drove British intellectuals toward the view that slavery was inconsistent with British law and a stain on the national character. Many were settled in Nova Scotia, some in Britain, and still more in Sierra Leone as part of what was at first established as a Black Self-Governing Nation. The transport to Sierra Leone was dreamed up by a couple of truly good-hearted men, but was seized upon by the normal type of men to profit from the blacks in Sierra Leone. It is a very moving retelling of the American Revolution from the point of view of the many blacks who fled their masters to into the British lines. At one point Schama provocatively claims that it was only when it became clear that the British were prepared to arm slaves to fight against the colonial uprising in the North East that the political uprising over representation and taxes became a full fledged war of indepen Interesting take on the campaign for the abolition of slavery. Rough Crossings chronicles the politics, warfare, commerce and human experience surrounding the practical application of the campaign to abolish the slave trade.
The covers are clean and bright, edges are sharp. The only advice is to read the book, but also to take time along the way to reflect on what is described, to imagine what issue of our own time would be as politically risky as the applied idealism of these eighteenth century anti-slavery campaigners. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. It is far too big a project, far too significant an achievement for any simple summary. Schama not only writes in a detailed, factual manner, but he also is very descriptive. Namely, it centers around the little-known or at least seldom-discussed side of the American revolution which is the fight over African-American slaves. Reading it felt like finding a missing piece in a jigsaw puzzle that finally makes the whole image make sense.
The subtitle of this book begins to give the reader an idea of what it is about. Schama doesn't present his work in a closed, didactic narrative; rather its focus is on a variety of individuals. The British promised freedom to any slaves that would fight on their side during the Revolutionary War. Most of his information that I hadn't read elsewhere pertains to the legalities of slavery, but this is also the hardest part to read. Later many from Nova Scotia were shipped to Sierra Leone, rough crossings.
For instance: On Monday, the 22nd of June 1772 at 11 o'clock in the morning, all of London and beyond seemed to have come to Westminster Hall, spilling from the coffee-houses and taverns, the law courts and mercantile establishments, the shops and exhibition rooms, coming by carriage and sedan chair and horse and foot, from the trim new squares to the west and the clattering City streets to the east. In response to a declaration by the last governor of Virginia that any rebel-owned slave who escaped and served the King would be emancipated, tens of thousands of slaves -- Americans who clung to the sentimental notion of British freedom -- escaped from farms, plantations and cities to try to reach the British camp. Arguably the most important American lawyer of the 20th century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. It is surprising that Sierra Leone's Province of Freedom is the first place in the modern world that enfranchised women. British law provided no black could be transported from England to slavery.
It is a most interesting and disturbing story that neither begins nor ends with the American Revolution. With the help of Lt. The book itself is in Near Fine condition. Unmentioned in most American textbooks and popular histories, thousands of slaves and some free blacks took refuge with the British army and navy during the war. A combination of poor and rocky soil, cold weather and discrimination threatened their existence.
In this work, Schama ascribes blame to all sides when presenting his case on the efficacy of the abolition of slavery: the British promised much, in a high-handed, and unpardonable arrogance, which they passed off as scrupulousness and caution; the Americans were drowning in their own irony: freedom and equality at any cost, except if your skin was dark, and somebody owned you. History is much messier, often complicating our myths with inconvenient facts that ruin their simplicity and muddy their nobility. The central contention of the book is that in the American War of Independence, the British were seen by the black community as representing freedom and liberty. This is a landmark work of history and biography that reveals the vast influence and rich inner landscape of a life that both mirrored and shaped the century it spanned. The manner in which blacks were toyed with and used as pawns on both sides of the aisle was heart wrenching.
Clarkson found that they were a problem because they treated the black settlers as servants, refused to perform hard work and many were drunk. The narrative is structured so that Sharp's perception of Peters is noted first and Peters then emerges in dialogue with Sharp. When the last British governor of Virginia declared that any rebel-owned slave who escaped and served the king would be emancipated, tens of thousands of slaves fled from farms, plantations, and cities to try to reach the British camp. Then we switch gears and focus on the black loyalists who fled to Nova Scotia after the American Revolution. It offers a stirringly ambitious reconsideration of the Revolution with the question of slavery set at the very heart of the matter.