Kerry Walters's American Slave Revolts and Conspiracies: A Reference Guide PDF

By Kerry Walters

Provides a finished evaluate 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 continual 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 rigors that condemned them
  • Describes the weather of worry during which slaveholding whites lived, in addition to a number of the social practices and felony statutes they enacted to reduce the danger of slave revolt
  • Includes a story, fundamental fabrics, biographics, a chronology, and an annotated bibliography―all of so that it will be necessary to scholars writing papers at the topic

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3 A RASH OF ARSONS The winter of 1740–1741 was the most frigid any New Yorker could remember. The Hudson River had frozen over and fireplaces were in such constant use that the city was running out of available firewood. So it was no surprise when a blaze broke out at Fort George on the night of March 18. The wonder was that more fires had not erupted that cold winter. Built in 1714 and situated on the western tip of Manhattan not far from the Battery, Fort George was a wooden stockade that contained the governor’s house and government offices as well as an arsenal full of explosives.

21 The later official report’s very title, the “Late Expedition against St. Augustine,” squarely indicted Spain, even arguing that a Spanish agent provocateur, instructed to stir up “a general Insurrection of Negroes” in the British Southern colonies, had been discovered and arrested in Georgia. “With Indignation,” the report continued, “we looked at St. 22 The charge that Spain had deliberately undermined the colony by agitating its slaves persisted for decades. 24 It is not clear how much truth there was in it, but given Spain’s strategy of undermining the British colonies by tempting their slaves with freedom, the accusation is not implausible.

TRIALS AND EXECUTIONS Conspiracy to revolt, not to mention actual rebellions, on the part of slaves, was a capital offense in every slave-owning colony and state in North America. In most cases, slaves were judged by extralegal tribunals, usually staffed by planters and local businessmen who were likely to own slaves themselves. Although typically the testimony of a slave was impermissible if a white person was on trial, testimony from slaves against other slaves was welcomed in these tribunals as a way of discovering just how far reaching the conspiracy was.

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