The Book of Negroes: African Americans in Exile After the American Revolution


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Fordham University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.87 inches | 1.26 pounds

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About the Author

Graham Russell Gao Hodges (Edited By)
Graham Gao Hodges is George Dorland Langdon Jr. Professor of History and Africana and Latin American Studies at Colgate University.

Alan Edward Brown (Edited By)
Alan Edward Brown is an attorney in Minneapolis and Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy


Graham Hodges and Alan Brown have rendered a fabulous service to historians, genealogists, artists and others who seek to learn more about a vital but nearly forgotten slice of American and Canadian history. The Book of Negroes: African Americans in Exile after the American Revolution provides a rich, detailed historical record of some 3,000 African-Americans who, as a reward for serving the British on the losing side of the American Revolutionary War, were transported by ship from New York City to Nova Scotia, Canada and other British harbours at the war's end in 1783. Hodges and Brown bring this history to life, make it appealing and approachable for teachers and students, and help us see the drama inside the musty British naval ledger that provided the very first massive public record of Black people and their migrations in the Americas.---Lawrence Hill, author of the novel The Book of Negroes, 8/6/21
This new edition of The Book of Negroes provides historians, genealogists, and history enthusiasts with an invaluable primary resource that demonstrates the extent to which self-emancipated and free African Americans valued freedom and endeavored to keep their families intact at the conclusion of the American Revolutionary War. Significantly, the passenger lists of The Book of Negroes underscores the centrality of Black women who comprised 30 percent of the 3,000 Black Loyalists who departed the United States with the British; an indication that Black women put their lives on the line for freedom and were an essential part of the early abolitionist movement.---Karen Cook Bell, Associate Professor of History, Bowie State University, and author of Running from Bondage: Enslaved Women and Their Remarkable Fight for Freedom in Revolutionary America
The Book of Negroes is an indispensable text in the history of the American Revolution, one that deserves to be set alongside the Declaration of Independence to consider what patriot ideals of "liberty" meant and for whom. With marvelous clarity and range, Graham Hodges recounts the history of the Black Loyalists and connects it to a host of related subjects, from abolitionism and Black nationalism to Atlantic, imperial and global history. Informative, accessible, and up-to-date, this edition should be of tremendous value to students, teachers, and researchers alike.---Maya Jasanoff, author of Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World