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New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, And Conspiracy In Eighteenth-century Manhattan
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication date August 23, 2005
Pages 323
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781400040292
ISBN-10 1400040299
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.50 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $26.95
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Summary
An illuminating chronicle of an alleged eighteenth-century slave conspiracy to destroy New York City explores the social and political climate of the 1730s and 1740s, examining the interactions between slaves and their masters, the influence of the threat of black rebellion, and the imiplications of the events of the era in terms of American politics and history. 30,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A gripping tale and groundbreaking investigation of a mysterious, and largely forgotten, eighteenth-century slave plot to destroy New York City.

Over a few weeks in 1741, ten fires blazed across Manhattan. With each new fire, panicked whites saw more evidence of a slave uprising. Tried and convicted before the colony’s Supreme Court, thirteen black men were burned at the stake and seventeen were hanged. Four whites, the alleged ringleaders of the plot, were also hanged, and seven more were pardoned on condition that they never set foot in New York again. More than one hundred black men and women were thrown into a dungeon beneath City Hall, where many were forced to confess and name names, sending still more men to the gallows and to the stake.

In a narrative rich with period detail and vivid description, Jill Lepore pieces together the events and the thinking that led white New Yorkers to make “bonfires of the Negroes.” She reconstructs the harsh past of a city that slavery built—and almost destroyed. She explores the social and political climate of the 1730s and ’40s and examines the nature and tenor of the interactions between slaves and their masters. She shows too that the 1741 conspiracy can be understood only alongside a more famous episode from the city’s past: the 1735 trial of the printer John Peter Zenger. And, weighing both new and old evidence, she makes clear how the threat of black rebellion made white political pluralism palatable.

Lucid, probing, captivatingly written, New York Burning is a revelatory study of the ways in which slavery both destabilized and created American politics.

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from Alfred a Knopf Inc (August 23, 2005)
9781400040292 | details & prices | 323 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.50 lbs | List price $26.95
About: A chronicle of an alleged eighteenth-century slave conspiracy to destroy New York City explores the social and political climate of the 1730s and 1740s and the implications of the conspiracy in terms of American politics and history.
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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (August 8, 2006)
9781400032266 | details & prices | 323 pages | 4.75 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $16.95
About: A chronicle of an alleged eighteenth-century slave conspiracy to destroy New York City explores the social and political climate of the 1730s and 1740s and the implications of the conspiracy in terms of American politics and history.

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