Stono: Documenting and Interpreting a Southern Slave Revolt / Edition 1

Stono: Documenting and Interpreting a Southern Slave Revolt / Edition 1

by Mark M. Smith
     
 

In the fall of 1739, as many as one hundred enslaved African and African Americans living within twenty miles of Charleston joined forces to strike down their white owners and march en masse toward Spanish Florida and freedom. More than sixty whites and thirty slaves died in the violence that followed. Among the most important slave revolts in colonial America, the… See more details below

Overview

In the fall of 1739, as many as one hundred enslaved African and African Americans living within twenty miles of Charleston joined forces to strike down their white owners and march en masse toward Spanish Florida and freedom. More than sixty whites and thirty slaves died in the violence that followed. Among the most important slave revolts in colonial America, the Stono Rebellion also ranks as South Carolina's largest slave insurrection and one of the bloodiest uprisings in American history. Significant for the fear it cast among lowcountry slaveholders and for the repressive slave laws enacted in its wake, Stono continues to attract scholarly attention as a historical event worthy of study and reinterpretation. Edited by Mark M. Smith, Stono: Documenting and Interpreting a Southern Slave Revolt introduces readers to the documents needed to understand both the revolt and the ongoing discussion among scholars about the legacy of the insurrection.

Smith has assembled a compendium of materials necessary for an informed examination of the revolt. Primary documents-including some works previously unpublished and largely unknown even to specialists-offer accounts of the violence, discussions of Stono's impact on white sensibilities, and public records relating incidents of the uprising. To these primary sources Smith adds three divergent interpretations that expand on Peter H. Wood's pioneering study Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion. Excerpts from works by John K. Thornton, Edward A. Pearson, and Smith himself reveal how historians have used some of the same documents to construct radically different interpretations of the revolt's causes, meaning, and effects.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570036057
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
320,159
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : finding Stono
1Spanish designs and slave resistance3
2A ranger details the insurrection7
3News of the revolt enters private correspondence9
4Overwork and retaliation?11
5The Stono rebellion as national news12
6"Account of the Negroe insurrection in South Carolina"13
7Lieutenant Governor Bull's eyewitness account16
8Rewarding Indians, catching rebels18
9Deserting Stono19
10An "act for the better ordering"20
11The official report28
12Viewing revolt from 177030
13An early historical account32
14An abolitionist's account, 184735
15"As it come down to me" : black memories of Stono in the 1930s55
Anatomy of a revolt59
African dimensions73
Rebelling as men87
Time religion, rebellion108
A working bibliography on the Stono rebellion125

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