Documenting and Interpreting a Southern Slave Revolt
Edited by Mark M. Smith, Stono: Documenting and Interpreting a Southern Slave Revolt introduces readers to the documents needed to understand both the revolt and the ongoing discussion among scholars about the legacy of the insurrection. Smith has assembled a compendium of materials necessary for an informed examination of the revolt. Primary documents-including some works previously unpublished and largely unknown even to specialists-offer accounts of the violence, discussions of Stono's impact on white sensibilities, and public records relating incidents of the uprising. To these primary sources Smith adds three divergent interpretations that expand on Peter H. Wood's pioneering study Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion. Excerpts from works by John K. Thornton, Edward A. Pearson, and Smith himself reveal how historians have used some of the same documents to construct radically different interpretations of the revolt's causes, meaning, and effects.
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"We have come to expect much of Mark Smith, and he certainly does not disappoint in this brilliant collection of rare primary sources and essays by historians ranging from the classic to the cutting edge. He empowers us—students, professors, general readers—to be our own historians with splendid evidence and splendid models of how to make sense of the evidence."—Charles Joyner, Coastal Carolina University
"The story of a colonial South Carolina slave uprising, the only event of its kind on the British mainland, comes to us in fragments. This compelling volume gathers the scattered texts that record this violent event and the lasting impressions it made. Through these carefully selected readings, we can see its meanings shifting over time for early Americans and modern historians alike."—S. Max Edelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"This volume combines contemporary records of the Stono rebellion with essays by four leading scholars of the subject. The result is both a fascinating study of a crucial historical event and a useful example of how historians work and of historical practice as a method of active inquiry and informed speculation."—Robert Olwell, University of Texas at Austin
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