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date: 19 April 2024

Slave Conspiracies in the British Colonieslocked

Slave Conspiracies in the British Colonieslocked

  • James F. DatorJames F. DatorHistory, Goucher College

Summary

Slave conspiracies in the British colonies developed alongside the institution of slavery. They were terrifying events for colonists and enslaved people alike. For historians, they are complicated events to study because white British authorities left behind an archival record written from the perspective of the ruling class, which usually comprised slaveholders who were anxious to maintain their power and interpreted alleged plots in ways that accorded with their racialized view of the world. Nonetheless, studying these conspiracies tells us a considerable amount about the social climate of the period. Thus, studying them illuminates not only the emotions of fear and terror that haunted these societies but also the role that culture, economy, and political values played in their development.

Subjects

  • Colonial History
  • Revolutionary History
  • Slavery and Abolition
  • African American History
  • Religious History

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