The Book of Negroes

TitleThe Book of Negroes
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsVirgo, Clement
Running Time265 min
Date Released01/2015
DistributorCBC, BET
CountryCanada, United States
Publication LanguageEnglish

Inspired by real life events, this six-part, limited television series uncovers the history of Black Loyalists during the American Revolutionary War. Aminata, enslaved at age 11, becomes a central figure in preparing the Book of Negroes, a list of enslaved people the British promised freedom to and safe passage to Nova Scotia. The series portrays Aminata's history of enslavement (from kidnapping and work on a South Carolina indigo plantation to her struggle to survive and maintain her familial bonds) and of freedom (from life in Nova Scotia to her return to Africa and abolitionist work).

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