By Kerry Walters

ISBN-10: 161069659X

ISBN-13: 9781610696593

Provides a accomplished review of 10 significant slave revolts and examines how these uprisings and conspiracies impacted slaveholding colonies and states from 1663 to 1861.

  • Offers an outline of yankee slave revolts and conspiracies to revolt
  • Explores the context of persistent worry of rebellion in slaveholding colonies and states in North the United States from 1663 to 1861
  • Offers debts gleaned from fundamental assets relating to slave leaders and their lieutenants, and of the pains that condemned them
  • Describes the weather of worry during which slaveholding whites lived, in addition to a few of the social practices and felony statutes they enacted to lessen the danger of slave revolt
  • Includes a story, basic fabrics, biographics, a chronology, and an annotated bibliography―all of with a view to be necessary to scholars writing papers at the topic

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It was a tragic but predictable response to the underlying anxiety that the Stono uprising provoked in whites. ” Most of the slave rebellions and conspiracies in the colonies and United States were poorly documented, and it is likely that some have vanished from memory. This is partly because the uprisings were often put down quickly and mercilessly, with niceties such as record-keeping brushed to one side. But as we saw in Chapter 1, it is also the case that whites were not anxious to have word of attempted insurrections reaching other discontented slaves who might be emboldened by the news.

They began rounding up slaves, including the ones who had robbed the East River establishment, who were immediately labeled as ringleaders. Before long, dozens of blacks, 36 AMERICAN SLAVE REVOLTS AND CONSPIRACIES free and enslaved, as well as a handful of whites, found themselves on trial for conspiring to insurrect. The problem was that either there was no conspiracy or, if there was one, it was loose and informal. A few acts of arson and a handful of petty crimes were blown up by authorities into a nefarious uprising that largely existed only in their imaginations.

Quoted in Wood, 321. 26. “An Act for the Better Ordering of Negroes and Other Slaves in This Province” (May 1740), in Smith, 27. 27. Ibid. 28. Quoted in Wood, 323. 29. “As It Come Down to Me,” in Smith, 56. 30. Ibid. CHAPTER 3 THE 1741 NEW YORK CONSPIRACY By the course of the evidence, it appears, that a design was conceived to destroy this city by fire, and massacre the inhabitants. —Daniel Horsmanden1 B y the mid-eighteenth century, slaves constituted a full 20 percent of New York City’s population.

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