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Stono: Documenting and Interpreting a Southern Slave Revolt Paperback – November 17, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1570036057 ISBN-10: 1570036055

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (November 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570036055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570036057
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.2 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This enormously valuable collection of original documents, together with Mark Smith's incisive commentary, offers a timely and most welcome reappraisal of the origins and ramifications of the Stono Rebellion. This is a powerful, eloquent, and moving account of the most significant slave rebellion in Britain's mainland American colonies. It is a brilliant study, and one that will be required reading for students of the peoples of the colonial South Carolina lowcountry for many years to come."â€"Betty Wood, Reader in American History, University of Cambridge

"We have come to expect much of Mark Smith, and he certainly does not disappoint in this brilliant collection of rare primary sources and essays by historians ranging from the classic to the cutting edge. He empowers us--students, professors, general readers--to be our own historians with splendid evidence and splendid models of how to make sense of the evidence."â€"Charles Joyner, Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture, Coastal Carolina University

"The story of a colonial South Carolina slave uprising, the only event of its kind on the British mainland, comes to us in fragments. This compelling volume gathers the scattered texts that record this violent event and the lasting impressions it made. Through these carefully selected readings, we can see its meanings shifting over time for early Americans and modern historians alike."â€"S. Max Edelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"This volume combines contemporary records of the Stono rebellion with essays by four leading scholars of the subject. The result is both a fascinating study of a crucial historical event and a useful example of how historians work and of historical practice as a method of active inquiry and informed speculation."â€"Robert Olwell, University of Texas at Austin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mark M. Smith is Carolina Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of Mastered by the Clock: Time, Slavery, and Freedom in the American South, winner of the 1997 Avery O. Craven Prize of the Organization of American Historians. His other books include Debating Slavery: Economy and Society in the Antebellum American South, Listening to Nineteenth-Century America, and two edited collections, The Old South and Hearing History: A Reader.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Moore on January 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
This little book is a must read for anyone interested in colonial American, Southern, or African American history. Mark Smith has assembled an incredible collection of original documents [some never before published] that describe the largest slave revolt in 18th century Amercia. There are also several essays by modern historians discussing the significance of the Stono Rebellian and its aftermath. And, believe it or not, they are just as interesting as the primary documents. Smith's, in particular, is very thought-provoking.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric Hobart VINE VOICE on April 30, 2006
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Mark M. Smith has given us a splendid account of the 1739 Slave Revolt in the Charleston, South Carolina area. Rather than simply giving us his interpretation of this important, yet not widely studied event, Smith gives us the opportunity to look at some of the key documents relating to the uprising and then provides the reader with four separate essays to show different interpretations of the documents.

The essays Smith presents are written by well recognized historians, including one by Smith himself, and vary in analysis - we see such concepts forwarded as the idea that the rebelling slaves were mainly ex-military, that these male slaves revolted because they were pushed into agricultural work that they saw as "women's work", and that the slaves revolved on September 9, 1739 because of the religious significance of the date.

All told, this book will make an exceptionally useful case study of this revolt, and the presentation of the material makes it a most valuable addition to the field of historiography and training of future historians in how documents may be interpreted differently to come up with the "real" picture of what happened in the past.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Combahee on February 11, 2006
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The author has taken his time to present all sides of this important event in South Carolina history. By taking a dispassionate look at the contemporary accounts as well as later oral histories he allows one to make up his or her own mind as the the true events. I found no evidence of any political slant.

Not a novel for light reading, but easy to read. Makes a case as a good text, not only in the realm of black history, but in how one event can be looked at from numerous eyes. Gives one a perspective on how the history we come to accept can be changed and minipulated depending on ones desires and point of view.

Highly recommend this in any student of South Carolina or black histories library.
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By Brittany on February 2, 2013
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Service was great, and item was shipped out really fast! I would by from again in the future.

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By jst-bone on January 22, 2013
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An excellent collection of the documents that are relevant. The excerpts from the Slave Code are still troubling . I found it interesting that the colonial government required all white men to carry their guns to church as we now debate the 2nd Amendment. The concluding historical reviews of the earlier contemporary accounts were an interesting exerxcise in speculation.
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