Great Negro Plot A Tale of Conspiracy and Murder in Eighteenth-Century New York

ISBN-10: 1582340994
ISBN-13: 9781582340999
Edition: 2007
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Description: In 1741, New York City was thrown into an uproar when a sixteen-year-old white woman, an indentured servant named Mary Burton, testified that she was privy to a monstrous conspiracy against the white people of Manhattan. Promised her freedom by  More...

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 1/23/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

In 1741, New York City was thrown into an uproar when a sixteen-year-old white woman, an indentured servant named Mary Burton, testified that she was privy to a monstrous conspiracy against the white people of Manhattan. Promised her freedom by authorities if she would only uncover the plot, Mary reported that the black men of the city were planning to burn New York City to the ground. As the courts ensnared more and more suspects and violence swept the city, 154 black New Yorkers were jailed, 14 were burned alive, 18 were hanged, and more than 100 simply “disappeared”; four whites wound up being executed and 24 imprisoned. Even as the madness escalated, however, officials started to realize that Mary Burton might not be telling the truth. nbsp; Expertly written by the acclaimed author ofDropandHunting in Harlem,The Great Negro Plotis a brilliant reconstruction of a little-known moment in American history whose echoes still reverberate today.

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