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Simon Schama to speak at LSE on slavery, the American Revolution and Britain

Professor Simon Schama, Columbia University, New York, will mark the launch of his new book Rough Crossings with a public lecture at LSE on Tuesday 4 October.

Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution and its aftermath, Professor Schama's new book Rough Crossings: Britain, the slaves and the American Revolution tells the story of the struggle for freedom by tens of thousands of slaves who believed that their future as free men and women was bound up with staying British, not becoming American. This lecture explores the fight for freedom.

Simon Schama is a professor of history at Columbia University, New York, and presenter of the BBC Two series A History of Britain.

Professor Arne Westad, LSE, will chair this event.

British Freedom's Promise: slavery, the American Revolution and Britain is on Tuesday 4 October at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. 

Members of the public, LSE staff and alumni can request one ticket online from 10am on Wednesday 28 September at British Freedom's Promise| or by calling 020 7955 6100 from this date.


Press tickets: To request a press ticket, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk|


More details on Simon Schama can be found at the BBC's A history of Simon Schama| webpage or at  Columbia University's faculty directory|

26 September 2005