Since publication of The Black Loyalist Directory in 1996, the primary component, The Book of Negroes, has become one of the most-cited of American Revolutionary primary sources. This new edition salutes The Book of Negroes by using the original title of this famous accounting of Black freedom. On the surface, The Book of Negroes is a laconic, ledger-style enumeration of 3,000 self-emancipated and free Blacks who departed as part of the British evacuation of Loyalists from New York City in the summer and fall of 1783 for Nova Scotia, England, Germany, and other parts of the world. Created under orders from Sir Guy Carleton (Lord Dorchester), Commander-in-Chief of British forces in North America, to placate an angry George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army (USA), who regarded the Black Loyalists as fugitive slaves, The Book of Negroes is, as Alan Gilbert has observed, a “roll of honor.”
Acknowledgments | vii List of Illustrations | ix Introduction | xi A Note on the Text | xlviii Introduction to the 2021 Edition | li Classroom Use for The Book of Negroes | lix Suggested Readings | lxiii Black Loyalist Directory | 1 Book One | 3 Book Two | 143 Book Three | 193 Appendix 1: Tabular Analysis of the Black Loyalist Directory | 215 Appendix 2: The London Black Poor | 225 Selected Bibliography | 263 Index | 271 Illustrations follow page 192
Graham Russell Gao Hodges, a former New York City cabdriver, is the George Dorland Langdon, Jr., Professor of History and Africana and Latin American Studies at Colgate University. He is the author of many books, including David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City.
Alan Edward Brown is an attorney in Minneapolis and Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy