New York Burning Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan

ISBN-10: 1400032261

ISBN-13: 9781400032266

Edition: 2006

Authors: Jill Lepore
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Description: Over a frigid few weeks in the winter of 1741, ten fires blazed across Manhattan. With each new fire, panicked whites saw more evidence of a slave uprising. In the end, thirteen black men were burned at the stake, seventeen were hanged and more than one hundred black men and women were thrown into a dungeon beneath City Hall. In New York Burning,Bancroft Prize-winning historian Jill Lepore recounts these dramatic events, re-creating, with path-breaking research, the nascent New York of the seventeenth century. Even then, the city was a rich mosaic of cultures, communities and colors, with slaves making up a full one-fifth of the population. Exploring the political and social climate of the times, Lepore dramatically shows how, in a city rife with state intrigue and terror, the threat of black rebellion united the white political pluralities in a frenzy of racial fear and violence.

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/8/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 4.75" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Jill Lepore is an associate professor of history at Boston University. She is the author ofThe Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity, which won the Bancroft Prize, Phi Beta Kappa’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians’ Book Prize, and the New England Historical Association’s Book Award. She is cofounder and coeditor of the Web magazine Common-place (www.common-place.org), and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Preface
Prologue: The Plot
Ice
Fire
Stone
Paper
Water
Blood
Ink
Epilogue: Dust
Appendices
Source Notes and Abbreviations
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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