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New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-century Manhattanby Jill Lepore
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Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner
Over a frigid few weeks in the winter of 1741, ten fires blazed across Manhattan. With each new fire, panicked whites saw more evidence of a slave uprising. In the end, thirteen black men were burned at the stake, seventeen were hanged and more than one hundred black men and women were thrown into a dungeon beneath City Hall.
In New York Burning, Bancroft Prize-winning historian Jill Lepore recounts these dramatic events, re-creating, with path-breaking research, the nascent New York of the seventeenth century. Even then, the city was a rich mosaic of cultures, communities and colors, with slaves making up a full one-fifth of the population. Exploring the political and social climate of the times, Lepore dramatically shows how, in a city rife with state intrigue and terror, the threat of black rebellion united the white political pluralities in a frenzy of racial fear and violence.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
An illuminating chronicle of an alleged eighteenth-century slave conspiracy to destroy New York City explores the social and political climate of the 1730s and 1740s, examining the interactions between slaves and their masters, the influence of the threat of black rebellion, and the imiplications of the events of the era in terms of American politics and history. 30,000 first printing.
A chronicle of an alleged eighteenth-century slave conspiracy to destroy New York City explores the social and political climate of the 1730s and 1740s and the implications of the conspiracy in terms of American politics and history.
About the Author
Jill Lepore is Professor of History at Harvard University and the author of The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity, which won both the Bancroft Prize and Phi Beta Kappa’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.
Table of Contents
The Plot — Ice — Fire — Stone — Paper — Water — Blood — Ink — Dust.
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