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Cry Liberty: The Great Stono River Slave Rebellion of 1739 (New Narratives in American History) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0195386612
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"This is a smart book--smart because it forces readers to think anew about a topic that is well known to scholars of colonial slavery, the Stono slave rebellion of 1739...Readers will come away with lots to contemplate about the nature of slave resistance in colonial American and about the reading of fragmentary and tantalizing evidence. It is the sort of smart book that students will love." --The Journal of Southern History


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Peter Charles Hoffer is Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Georgia. He specializes in early U.S. history and legal history. He is the author of numerous books, including Past Imperfect; Seven Fires: The Urban Infernos that Reshaped American History; The Brave New World: A History of Early America; and The Supreme Court: An Essential History.
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Product Details

  • Series: New Narratives in American History
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195386612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195386615
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.7 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A research (inquest) into the probable events of slave activity which carried onward till the Civil War. The 150th anniversary of that war is a great time to look at this slave conflict. "Cry Liberty" covers much slave activity in early 18th century near Charles Town (Charleston),SC. The author has done an intellectual work in gathering research and visiting (photos in book) the area to attempt to make a determination if the Stono River slave rebellion was planned or an chance accident. As an unbiased writer, he looks between the previously written lines, the culture, Colonial needs, status of people, misinformation, economics of the area, fear, religion, politics, and even land surveys. So well researched and footnoted that reading more on this "rebellion" seems needless. It's not a textbook, but it is solid nonfiction, worthy of an educated look.

The uprising of 1739 was almost silenced for 2 3/4 centuries. It is a story worth reading. Slave activity was little different then than in 1861 when, let's face it, slavery divided America, north to south. Was Stono really a prequel to that slavery rebellion? Or was it simply a case of "chattel stampede?"

PROLOGUE: Maps and a look at the Shono/Charles Town area.
Chapters:
1 AT HUTCHENSON'S STORE- The revolt's beginning place and its likely composition.
2 INHUMAN BONDAGE- Slaves by law, creation, color, economic need as rice field labor. Slaves were mobile.
3TERROR IN THE NIGHT- Ditch digging slaves kill whites (23 total in the end) but began in a search for food and drink. Death & mayhem, even slave against slave. Like white vs white in Civil War.
4 ON PON PON ROAD- The road was slave constructed in 1739. Weary slaves marched, Florida freedom bound, rested, the beginning to their end.
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Let me say I was attracted to this book for two reasons; I am an amateur history buff and I happen to live very close to where the events in the story occurred.

The author made a very enjoyably read story unfold without stating in the typical dogmatic fashion of many educators that he/she has some new clues without substantiating or documenting the reason for their position. The author is a professor at the University of Georgia and has written several other books and many articles on the similar time frame in US history. The author also avoided the one thing in the book he notes many others do, which record a particular fact and then work backward to try to come out with a definite scenario to explain the incident. The author gives several reasons for how things may actually have occurred without being dogmatic about his conclusions. The book was extensively documented throughout with notes and references at the bottom of each page to which they referred. Let me say this is a rather small book in both physical dimensions and also length [173pp] and were it a work of fiction, I would certainly rank it a novella rather than a novel. The upside of that is that it can be easily read in one long or two short readings.

The author sets the tone for his work in the opening paragraph: "The only large scale rebellion in British North America occurred on a single day, from very early Sunday morning to late afternoon, on September 9, 1739. The setting was similarly limited - a store, a bridge, nearby plantations, and a road along the North Branch of the Stono River known as Pon Pon at the time but [now known as US-17 or alternatively Savannah Hwy when heading south from Charleston and conversely called Charleston Hwy when heading north from Savannah].
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This was a very interesting read for a history student as it really does try to create a narrative on an event we know little about. It is a defining work whose insights are worth the read but its particular type of historical narrative is worthy of note and study in itself.

The book arrived in good condition and on time.
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This book was a very good read on the large slave rebellion in SC in 1739 at Stono river. while it told me a lot of info I did not know it was a lot smaller than I expected in size.
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