Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries: Collected Essays and Second Thoughts

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This collection of essays examines the lives and thoughts of three interrelated Southern groups - enslaved rebels, conservative white reformers, and white revolutionaries -presenting a clear and cogent understanding of race, reform, and conservatism in early American history.

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Douglas R. Egerton is Professor of Political and Social History at Le Moyne College.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Rebels 1
Ch. 1 Black Independence Struggles and the Tale of Two Revolutions 3
Ch. 2 An Upright Man 21
Ch. 3 Gabriel's Conspiracy and the Election of 1800 39
Ch. 4 Fly Across the River: The Easter Slave Conspiracy of 1802 57
Ch. 5 "Why They Did Not Preach Up This Thing": Denmark Vesey and Revolutionary Theology 75
Pt. II Reformers 91
Ch. 6 Charles Fenton Mercer and Public Education in Virginia 93
Ch. 7 "Its Origin is Not a Little Curious": A New Look at the American Colonization Society 107
Ch. 8 An Update on Jacksonian Historiography: The Biographies 121
Ch. 9 Markets Without a Market Revolution: Southern Planters and Capitalism 135
Ch. 10 Averting a Crisis: The Proslavery Critique of the American Colonization Society 147
Pt. III Revolutionaries 161
Ch. 11 The Tricolor in Black and White: The French Revolution in Jefferson's Virginia 163
Ch. 12 A Matter of Blood: Thomas Jefferson and the Hemings Family 175
Notes 191
Index 247
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