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Many-headed Hydra : Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic (00 Edition)

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Winner of the International Labor History Award

Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants had ideas about freedom and equality that would forever change history. The Many Headed-Hydra recounts their stories in a sweeping history of the role of the dispossessed in the making of the modern world.

When an unprecedented expansion of trade and colonization in the early seventeenth century launched the first global economy, a vast, diverse, and landless workforce was born. These workers crossed national, ethnic, and racial boundaries, as they circulated around the Atlantic world on trade ships and slave ships, from England to Virginia, from Africa to Barbados, and from the Americas back to Europe.

Marshaling an impressive range of original research from archives in the Americas and Europe, the authors show how ordinary working people led dozens of rebellions on both sides of the North Atlantic. The rulers of the day called the multiethnic rebels a 'hydra' and brutally suppressed their risings, yet some of their ideas fueled the age of revolution. Others, hidden from history and recovered here, have much to teach us about our common humanity.

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Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants forged ideas about freedom and equality that would forever change history. Circulating around the Atlantic world on trade ships and slave ships, this vast, landless workforce led dozens of rebellions on both sides of the North Atlantic. The elites of the day called the multiethnic rebels a "hydra" and brutally suppressed their uprisings, yet some of their ideas fueled the age of revolution.

About the Author

Peter Linebaugh, professor of history at the University of Toledo, is a contributing editor of Albion's Fatal Tree and author of The London Hanged.

Marcus Rediker, professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, is author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, winner of the American Studies Association's John Hope Franklin Prize and the Organization of American Historians' Merle Curti Social History Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807050071
Author:
Linebaugh, Peter
Author:
Rediker, Marcus
Author:
Linebaugh, Peter
Author:
Rediker, Marcus Buford
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
World
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States Social conditions To 1865.
Subject:
Great Britain History.
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
Sailors, Slaves, Com
Publication Date:
September 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.3 in 1.4375 lb

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History and Social Science » US History » Colonial America
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Early Modern
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History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
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"Synopsis" by , Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants forged ideas about freedom and equality that would forever change history. Circulating around the Atlantic world on trade ships and slave ships, this vast, landless workforce led dozens of rebellions on both sides of the North Atlantic. The elites of the day called the multiethnic rebels a "hydra" and brutally suppressed their uprisings, yet some of their ideas fueled the age of revolution.
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