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By Kerry Walters

ISBN-10: 161069659X

ISBN-13: 9781610696593

Provides a complete evaluation 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 yank slave revolts and conspiracies to revolt
  • Explores the context of power worry of rebellion in slaveholding colonies and states in North the United States from 1663 to 1861
  • Offers money owed gleaned from basic assets relating to slave leaders and their lieutenants, and of the pains that condemned them
  • Describes the weather of worry within which slaveholding whites lived, in addition to many of the social practices and criminal statutes they enacted to lessen the chance of slave revolt
  • Includes a story, basic fabrics, biographics, a chronology, and an annotated bibliography―all of to be able to be worthy to scholars writing papers at the topic

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Our knowledge of the Stono rebellion is particularly sketchy, more for the first than the second reason. Most intriguing of all the blank spots in the story is the insurrection’s alleged leader, Cato. But in a 1937 interview that was part of the Federal Writers’ Project, George Cato, who claimed to be a great-great-grandson of the rebellious Cato, offered a few details about his ancestor that had been passed from one generation to the next. His testimony is corroborated in some places by the historical record, and even when there is no corroboration, what he says is worth considering.

Terrified of imprisonment or worse, she hoped for a pardon, or at least a milder punishment, as a reward for her testimony. So on May 7, she signed (with her “mark,” since she was illiterate) testimony that Caesar and Cuffee had conspired with 10 other slaves to burn both fort and city, and then to rob and murder as many whites as they could. The very next day after Peg offered her testimony, Caesar and Prince were found guilty of theft and sentenced to death. At their sentencing, the presiding judge urged them to confess their complicity in the conspiracy to insurrect that Mary and Peg had implicated them in.

Ibid. 28. Quoted in Wood, 323. 29. “As It Come Down to Me,” in Smith, 56. 30. Ibid. CHAPTER 3 THE 1741 NEW YORK CONSPIRACY By the course of the evidence, it appears, that a design was conceived to destroy this city by fire, and massacre the inhabitants. —Daniel Horsmanden1 B y the mid-eighteenth century, slaves constituted a full 20 percent of New York City’s population. Living in close quarters with their masters, a proximity that later Southern slaveholders would find unimaginable, it was not uncommon for slaves to hobnob with whites of the lowest laboring classes in dramshops, the most disreputable kinds of taverns the city had to offer.

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