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New York burning : liberty, slavery, and conspiracy in eighteenth-century Manhattan

Author: Jill Lepore
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Vintage Books edView all editions and formats
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"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... Exploring the political and social climate of the times, Lepore dramatically shows how,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jill Lepore
ISBN: 1400032261 9781400032266
OCLC Number: 70889143
Notes: Originally published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
Description: xx, 323 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Jill Lepore.

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"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... 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." -- back cover.

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