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Gabriel's Rebellion The Virginia Slave Conspiracies of 1800 and 1802

ISBN-10: 0807844225
ISBN-13: 9780807844229
Edition: 1993
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 11/21/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Gabriel's Rebellion tells the dramatic story of what was perhaps the most extensive slave conspiracy in the history of the American South. Douglas Egerton illuminates the complex motivations that underlay two related Virginia slave revolts: the first, in 1800, led by the slave known as Gabriel; and the second, called the 'Easter Plot,' instigated in 1802 by one of his followers. Although Gabriel has frequently been portrayed as a messianic, Samson-like figure, Egerton shows that he was a literate and highly skilled blacksmith whose primary goal was to destroy the economic hegemony of the 'merchants,' the only whites he ever identified as his enemies. According to Egerton, the social, political, and economic disorder of the Revolutionary era weakened some of the harsh controls that held slavery in place during colonial times. Emboldened by these conditions, a small number of literate slavesmost of them highly skilled artisansplanned an armed insurrection aimed at destroying slavery in Virginia. The intricate scheme failed, as did the Easter Plot that stemmed from it, and Gabriel and many of his followers were hanged. By placing the revolts within the broader context of the volatile political currents of the day, Egerton challenges the conventional understanding of race, class, and politics in the early days of the American republic.

Contents
Preface
Richmond 1800
The Revolutionary Storm
An Upright Man
The Year 1800
The Preparation
A Plot Discovered
Cemeteries Take What Is Given Them
A Companion Picture
Halifax 1802
Recalled to Life
The Footsteps Die Out
A Place of Asylum
The Power in That Name
Gabriel's Religion
The Frenchmen
Slaves Executed
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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