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Posted June 11, 2000
A Scholarly Contribution that Stands the Test of Time
Dr. Aptheker's account of the black slave's consistant war against American slavery is meticulously researched and proven well beyond a shadow of a doubt in this book. Students of the subject would do well to read this narrative which covers not only the well known Prosser, Vesey, and Turner revolts of the 19th century, but the infinite ways that the unknown enslaved waged war on a day to day basis including: arson, poison, the formation of not so secret maroon societies, the destruction of property, and all out slave rebellion. Aptheker's acount is particularly fascinating because he uses southern newspaper accounts and planter's diaries which captures the tone and mood of the master class's constant fear of slave uprisings precisely because so many took place. The book is not only informative but reads well and is organized by interesting chapters. The authors Marxist analysis does not exaggerate nor impede the basic premise which is that the American south was literally in a state of war to control it's 'peculiar institution.'
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