American Slave Revolts and Conspiracies: A Reference Guide by Kerry Walters

By Kerry Walters

Provides a accomplished assessment of 10 significant slave revolts and examines how these uprisings and conspiracies impacted slaveholding colonies and states from 1663 to 1861.

  • Offers an summary 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 during which slaveholding whites lived, in addition to some of the social practices and felony statutes they enacted to reduce the chance of slave revolt
  • Includes a story, fundamental fabrics, biographics, a chronology, and an annotated bibliography―all of in an effort to be useful to scholars writing papers at the topic

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The leaders were Caesar Varick, who sometimes used the name John Gwin, and his lieutenants Cuffee Philipse, the same man later involved in the warehouse fire, and Prince Auboyneau. Hughson was more than happy to fence the loot that the gang periodically brought in. The authorities had been keeping an eye on the dramshop for some time, and undersheriffs periodically popped in unexpectedly in the hope of catching Hughson red-handed. But he had always been too cagey for them. That all started to change in February 1741.

17 One of the captured rebels apparently was Cato. But rumors of some 30 rebels still at large panicked the white community for miles around. The area along the Stono River, where the outbreak had originated, went on high alert for the next few weeks as both militia and planters were posted at ferry crossings and along the Pon Pon Road. Even the Charles Town militia, thinned though its ranks were by the yellow fever epidemic, mustered forth those members who were still standing to hunt down the rebels.

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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