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Cry Liberty: The Great Stono River Slave Rebellion of 1739 (New Narratives in American History)

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The story of slavery in the colonial New World is, in part, one of rebellion. In Jamaica, Hispaniola, Dutch Surinam and elsewhere, massive uprisings threatened European rule. But not in British North America. Between the founding of Jamestown in 1607 and the start of the American Revolution in 1775, the colonies experienced only one notable revolt, on South Carolina's Stono River in 1739, and it lasted a single day. Yet, writes Peter Charles Hoffer, as brief as this event was, historians have misunderstood it--and have thus overlooked its deeper significance.

In Cry Liberty, Hoffer provides a deeply researched and finely nuanced narrative of the Stono River conflict, offering uncomfortable insights into American slavery. In particular, he draws on new sources to reexamine this one dramatic day. According to conventional wisdom, recently imported African slaves-warriors in spirit and training-learned of an impending war between England and Spain. Seeking freedom from Spanish authorities, the argument runs, they launched a well-planned uprising in order to escape to Florida. But Hoffer has mined legislative and legal records, land surveys, and first-hand accounts to identify precisely where the fighting began, trace the paths taken by rebels and militia, and offer a new explanation of its causes. Far from a noble, well-crafted revolt, he reveals, the slaves were simply breaking into a store to take what they thought was their due, and chance events put them on a path no participant had originally intended. The truth is a far less heroic, but far more of a human tragedy.

Richly researched, crisply told, and unflinchingly honest, this book uncovers the grim truth about the violent wages of slavery and sheds light on why North America had so few slave rebellions.

About the Author

Peter Charles Hoffer is Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Georgia. He specializes in early U.S. history and legal history. He is the author of numerous books, including Past Imperfect; Seven Fires: The Urban Infernos that Reshaped American History; The Brave New World: A History of Early America; and The Supreme Court: An Essential History.

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgments

Prologue: The Land and the Water

Chapter One: At Hutchenson's Store

Chapter Two: Inhuman Bondage

Chapter Three: Terror in the Night

Chapter Four: On the Pon Pon Road

Chapter Five: Never Forget

Epilogue: Meanings

Explanatory Essay-Reading the Sources on Stono

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195386608
Author:
Hoffer, Peter Charles
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
History, American | Colonial & Revolutionary
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 B/W halftones, 5 illustrations
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
4.7 x 6.6 x 0.6 in 0.45 lb

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History and Social Science » Americana » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Sociology » Slavery
History and Social Science » US History » Colonial America
History and Social Science » World History » General

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