The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic

The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic

by Marcus Rediker, Peter Linebaugh
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807050075

ISBN-13: 9780807050071

Pub. Date: 09/28/2001

Publisher: Beacon

Winner of the International Labor History Award

Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants had ideas about freedom and equality that would forever change history. The Many Headed-Hydra recounts their stories in a sweeping history of the

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Winner of the International Labor History Award

Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants had ideas about freedom and equality that would forever change history. The Many Headed-Hydra recounts their stories in a sweeping history of the role of the dispossessed in the making of the modern world.

When an unprecedented expansion of trade and colonization in the early seventeenth century launched the first global economy, a vast, diverse, and landless workforce was born. These workers crossed national, ethnic, and racial boundaries, as they circulated around the Atlantic world on trade ships and slave ships, from England to Virginia, from Africa to Barbados, and from the Americas back to Europe.

Marshaling an impressive range of original research from archives in the Americas and Europe, the authors show how ordinary working people led dozens of rebellions on both sides of the North Atlantic. The rulers of the day called the multiethnic rebels a 'hydra' and brutally suppressed their risings, yet some of their ideas fueled the age of revolution. Others, hidden from history and recovered here, have much to teach us about our common humanity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807050071
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1. The Wreck of the Sea-Venture8
2. Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water36
3. "A Blackymore Maide Named Francis"71
4. The Divarication of the Putney Debates104
5. Hydrarchy: Sailors, Pirates, and the Maritime State143
6. "The Outcasts of the Nations of the Earth"174
7. A Motley Crew in the American Revolution211
8. The Conspiracy of Edward and Catherine Despard248
9. Robert Wedderburn and Atlantic Jubilee287
Conclusion: Tyger! Tyger!327
A Map of the Atlantic 1699354
Notes355
Acknowledgments413
Index417

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