New York Burning

Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan
Product Number: EB00170197
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780307427007
Publisher: Vintage
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Description

Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner In New York Burning, Bancroft Prize-winning historian Jill Lepore recounts these dramatic events of 1741, when ten fires blazed across Manhattan and panicked whites suspecting it to be the work a slave uprising went on a rampage. 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. Even back in the seventeenth century, 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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Author(s): Jill Lepore
Original Publish Date: Dec 18, 2007

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