"Almost Home" by Ruma Chopra

Almost Home Maroons between Slavery and Freedom in Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and Sierra Leone Ruma Chopra

Publication date:
22 May 2018
Yale University Press
320 pages: 210 x 140mm
8 b-w illus.

The unique story of a small community of escaped slaves who revolted against the British government yet still managed to maneuver and survive against all odds.

After being exiled from their native Jamaica in 1795, the Trelawney Town Maroons —a community of escaped slaves—endured in Nova Scotia and then in Sierra Leone. Drawing on a vast array of primary source material, Ruma Chopra traces their journey and transformation into refugees, empire builders—and sometimes slave catchers and slave owners. A gripping narrative that spans three distinct Transatlantic regions, this account of the Maroons’ unlikely survival reveals the complexities of the British antislavery era.

Ruma Chopra is professor of history at San Jose State University and the author of Unnatural Rebellion: Loyalists in New York City During the Revolution and Choosing Sides: Loyalists in Revolutionary America. She lives in Oakland, CA.