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date: 02 April 2020

Slave Rebellions and Insurrectionslocked

  • Donna M. DeBlasio


Throughout the four hundred years of slavery in British North America, slaves plotted rebellion and, in some cases, carried through with their plans. The historian John Blassingame differentiates rebellion from other forms of resistance by defining rebellion as any concerted action by a group of slaves with the settled purpose of the actual destruction of the lives and property of local whites Furthermore Blassingame states that the rebelling slaves action must have been recognized as an insurrection by public officials who called out the armed forces to put it down The deep hatred that slaves held for their condition and for whites particularly slave owners manifested itself in rebellion even when the rebellion had little chance for success Indeed the very nature of overt rebellion belies the docile slave myth perpetuated by the historian U B Phillips and other apologists for the peculiar institution and supports the assertion that ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895.

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