Black Rebellion

Black Rebellion

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Black Rebellion, a fascinating account of five slave insurrections, among them the story of the Maroons, escaped slaves in the West Indies and South America who successfully resisted larger British armies while living an independent existence for generations in the mountains and jungles of Jamaica and Surinam; of Gabriel Prosser, who recruited about 1, 000 fellow slaves in 1800 to launch a rebellion throughout Virginia; of Denmark Vesey, an ex-slave, seaman, and artisan, fluent in several languages, who conspired in 1822 to kill the white citizens of Charleston, South Carolina, and take over the city; and of the revolutionary mystic Nat Turner, who in 1831 organized and led the most successful and dramatic slave revolt in North America. The author also describes how whites responded with panic, sweeping arrests, mass executions, and more repressive laws in a futile effort to crush the slavesa€™ insatiable desire to be free.Our ensign, true to himself, gives the minutest schedule of the order of march, and the oddest little diagram of manikins with cocked hats, and blacker manikins bearing burdens. First ... discharged their fire with some approach to regularity, in three successive lines, the signals being given by the captaina#39;s horn. ... One of them, finding himself close to the muzzle of a rangera#39;s gun, threw up his hand hastily.

Title:Black Rebellion
Author:Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Publisher:Start Publishing LLC - 2012-12-10


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