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

ISBN-10: 0807033170
ISBN-13: 9780807033173
Edition: 2013
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Description: Winner of the International Labor History AwardLong 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 9/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Winner of the International Labor History AwardLong 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.

Peter Linebaugh is an American historian and Professor at the University of Toledo. He writes extensively on British history, Irish history, labor history and the history of the colonial Atlantic. His books include The Magna Carta Manifesto , The Many-Headed Hydra and The London Hanged , and contributes frequently to CounterPunch .

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
The Wreck of the Sea-Venture
Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water
"A Blackymore Maide Named Francis"
The Divarication of the Putney Debates
Hydrarchy: Sailors, Pirates, and the Maritime State
"The Outcasts of the Nations of the Earth"
A Motley Crew in the American Revolution
The Conspiracy of Edward and Catherine Despard
Robert Wedderburn and Atlantic Jubilee
Conclusion: Tyger! Tyger!
A Map of the Atlantic 1699
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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