New York Burning
Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan
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ISBN10: 1400032261 ISBN13: 9781400032266 Publisher: Vintage Books Published: Aug 8 2006 Pages: 323 Weight: 0.70lbs. Height: 8.00" Width: 4.75" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Anisfield-Wolf Award WinnerIn 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.