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American Negro Slave Revolts

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A pioneering work that demolished the widespread claims that African Americans accepted slavery and were passive. Exposed the true nature of slavery. 50th Anniversary edition (1943-1993).
Paperback, 411 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by International Publishers (first published January 1st 1974)
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May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is an absolute MUST READ for anyone interested in the development of slavery in the United States and the lead-up to the Civil War.

One reason is that it’s amazing how many revolts there were starting at the very beginning of slavery in the South. Another is that, reading about these, and the terror they caused, is that it’s amazing that Southern slaveholders didn’t just give up on slavery. Yes, it was economically “necessary,” but as this author points out, there were more economic dep
R.K. Byers
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
the fact that there were at least 250 revolts involving 10 or more slaves just makes you wonder how many times two or three dudes got together and said, "You know what? Let's kill some m____f_____s!"
Larry Lamar Yates
This book, which is still widely seen as the definitive starting point on its subject, was reprinted in 1993, and is available from booksellers and libraries. Aptheker closed the book with these sentences, which seem obvious now, but were extremely radical when he wrote them:

“The data herein printed make necessary the revision of the generally accepted notion that [the American Negro’]s response was one of passivity and docility. The evidence, on the contrary, points to the conclusion that disco
Eddie S.
This is a very thorough book about slave insurrections that have happened in American history. Many laws and power struggles were at play, and white supremacy had to be protected by any means. Other than John Brown, there were many aides of Caucasian descent that assisted slaves. The most interesting historical account of slavery I've read.
Pat Carson
Outstanding piece of scholarship. This anniversary edition has two updates from the author that add more detail. Recommended to anyone who wants to learn more about slavery in the United States.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the formative books in my life; highly recommended.
William West
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this right after Edward Baptist's The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. Starting this book, I was worried it would be too repetitive of the former reading. Both books, after all, seek to detail the historical reality of American slavery in a way that implicates capitalism itself. Interestingly, beyond their very similar subjects, the two works could not be more different from one another.

Baptist is what might be described as a post-Marxist- a leftis
Izetta Autumn
Mar 05, 2012 marked it as to-read
I would have been trouble in 1848 reading and stuff...
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was an American Marxist historian and political activist. He wrote more than 50 books, mostly in the fields of African American history and general U.S. history, most notably, American Negro Slave Revolts (1943), a classic in the field, and the 7-volume Documentary History of the Negro People (1951-1994). He compiled a wide variety of primary documents supporting study of African-American history. ...more
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