Winter Repeat: The Book of Negroes (2015)


The Frock Flicks team is taking a little extra time off at the end of 2019, so we’re repeating some choice posts from the archives.


While the 18th-century costumes by designer Kate Carin are low-budget, this miniseries about the black slaves who fought for the British and were resettled in Nova Scotia is well-acted and worth watching. The series is currently available to rent on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and YouTube.


The Book of Negroes (2015)



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3 Responses

  1. Roxana

    Sending the freed Slaves to Nova Scotia was just plain cruel. But it was better than selling them to the Caribean plantations as some British officials did.

    • Roxana

      Yes, that was seriously inexcusable.. Some eventually ended up back in Africa, in Sierra Leone.

    • Maggie May

      I haven’t seen the series. Right now, it is only available for sale or rent. It’s main character seems to be a woman kidnapped from Africa as a girl who eventually leads ex slaves from Nova Scotia to Sierra Leone. But what about people several generations from Africa? Some were apparently taken to Britain, where slavery had been abolished. Others went to the Caribbean, where slaves laboring on sugar plantations would enrich England for a couple of generations yet.

      Did the people on the list embark from New York? In British hands since early ing the War, the orderly final exodus occurred after the peace treaty was signed. A few who helped in Virginia were taken to New York but most were abandoned in the hasty evacuation of Yorktown and returned to slavery.

      During the War of 1812, a British commander recruited slaves of the Chesapeake. From independent travels unsuspected by most of their owners, they knew the waterways well. The commander initially planned to exploit them but eventually ensured that they and their families escaped–after the burning of DC. Their eventual destinations varied but were better than slavery.