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The New York Conspiracy Trials of 1741: Daniel Horsmanden's Journal of the Proceedings, with Related Documents

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When in 1741 a rash of fires followed a theft in pre-revolutionary New York City, British colonial authorities came to suspect an elaborate conspiracy led by slaves and poor whites who intended to burn the city and hand it over to Britain’s Catholic foes. Within seven months, roughly 200 people were arrested, 17 were hanged, and 70 others were expelled from New York. This ...more
Paperback, 193 pages
Published February 4th 2004 by Bedford/St. Martin's
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Candice Snow
Aug 03, 2016 Candice Snow rated it really liked it
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This was a very interesting read regarding the burning of New York in 1741. Much like the Salem Witch Trails, the court of law at the time did not have a defense attorney, so the accused didn't stand a chance at a fair trial. The emphasis for the court case was placed solely on the defendants testimony, even when the evidence was proven to be false. Also, the judge had final say in what evidence was used and what was thrown out.

This journal recounts the "true" (according to the author) story of
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Marion Granigan
Feb 15, 2015 Marion Granigan rated it really liked it
When slave populations in New York City soared to 20% of the city’s population in the early 1700’s, a series of arsons and burglaries quickly exaggerated fears and became the basis for allegations of a conspiracy involving Blacks and Whites. Most of the accounts of the trial itself come from Daniel Horsmanden, a British attorney who recorded the testimony in his own hand, but who had his own agenda and biases throughout the conspiracy trial. Should we consider Horsemanden’s testimony as ...more
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