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Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty by Cassandra Pybus

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This book shines because of Ms. Cassandra Pybus’s stellar research. Her description of the upheaval surrounding the American Revolution is sound. Following leads on four different continents, she pieces together the lives of several slaves who escaped from their colonial masters, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, to British forces in hopes of freedom. The story continues after the end of the American Revolution when the retreating British withdrew from the American Continent and took the slaves back to Britain. From there, many were sent to various parts of the world such as Australia and the African country of Liberia. Cassandra Pybus’s book adds much needed historical documentation to a group of people who have largely been forgotten by history. This book isn’t a happily ever-after fairytale. Cassandra does an excellent job of researching why.


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