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N and women were thrown into a dungeon beneath City Hall In New York Burning Bancroft Prize winning historian Jill Lepore recounts these dramatic events re creating with path breaking research the nascent New York of the seventeenth century Even then the city was a rich mosaic of cultures communities an In New York Burning Jill Lepore traces the history of the slave rebellion in New York City in 1741 and argues that New Yorkers fears of slave conspiracies functioned as a sort of shadow political party checking the actions and power of legitimate politicians and courts This is not so much about the conspiracy itself which may not have existed or may have been greatly exaggerated but the investigation and legal conseuences which resulted in a number of black men and women being executed some by burning at the stake Lepore expressly links the issues behind the 1741 rebellion to the case six years earlier of printer Peter Zenger which is recognized as a landmark legal case establishing freedom of the press in the Colonies Lepore makes the link through the personnel involved in the cases many of which were the same and the reasons for the Zenger controversy which was involved with the creation of a political party in opposition to the tyrannical governorLepore also examines the institution of slavery in New York in this period what life was like for slaves there and what their communities were like The crackdown on the rebellion even further restricted slaves freedom but also in a way bound them closer together Their community echoed in secret the sentiments in favor of liberty and rights that were nascent in white society and which eventually came out in the American RevolutionThis is a terrific book very well researched extremely well written and engaging Jill Lepore is an excellent historian and writer This book is a must read for anyone interested in Colonial history or urban history in this period The Love of a Latino recounts these dramatic events Other Days, Other Eyes re creating with path breaking Deception Island research the nascent New York of the seventeenth century Even then the city was a The Family rich mosaic of cultures communities an In New York Burning Jill Lepore traces the history of the slave The First Partition of Poland rebellion in New York City in 1741 and argues that New Yorkers fears of slave conspiracies functioned as a sort of shadow political party checking the actions and power of legitimate politicians and courts This is not so much about the conspiracy itself which may not have existed or may have been greatly exaggerated but the investigation and legal conseuences which The Hero of Varay resulted in a number of black men and women being executed some by burning at the stake Lepore expressly links the issues behind the 1741 Palestrina and Other Plays rebellion to the case six years earlier of printer Peter Zenger which is Blackmailed By Daddy recognized as a landmark legal case establishing freedom of the press in the Colonies Lepore makes the link through the personnel involved in the cases many of which were the same and the उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] reasons for the Zenger controversy which was involved with the creation of a political party in opposition to the tyrannical governorLepore also examines the institution of slavery in New York in this period what life was like for slaves there and what their communities were like The crackdown on the Cock Tales rebellion even further Son of the Hero restricted slaves freedom but also in a way bound them closer together Their community echoed in secret the sentiments in favor of liberty and The Alien Jigsaw rights that were nascent in white society and which eventually came out in the American RevolutionThis is a terrific book very well Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning researched extremely well written and engaging Jill Lepore is an excellent historian and writer This book is a must The Illusion of Gods Presence read for anyone interested in Colonial history or urban history in this period

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New York Burning Liberty Slavery and Conspiracy in Eighteenth Century Manhattan

Pulitzer Prize FinalistAnisfield Wolf Award WinnerOver a frigid few weeks in the winter of 1741 ten fires blazed across Manhattan With each new fire panicked whites saw evidence of a slave uprising In the end thirteen black men were burned at the stake seventeen were hanged and than one hundred black me Lepore offers a well researched reconstruction of the alleged conspiracy of the 1741 arsons in New York Is this an important book I imagine so Is it a good read Not necessarily Her narrative and style of writing is commendable having to sift through uote from and reinterpret the Ye Olde cruddy English syntax of the day Necessarily relying on the printed Journal produced by Daniel Horsmanden a lawyer in charge of the trials she and thus we get exposure to such run on gems as lopping off from them what in print he thought would be a superflouous Formality such as The Deponent further saith and such like which he thought would have been a needless Incumbrance to the Book Wow At least Lepore s writing is much lucid and some of the non lawyerly uotes are translatable Perhaps if you re English it s less bothersome I read this in The Independent just the other day The Prince of Wales accused of similar interference over the Chelsea Barracks development must be dunking his Duchy Highland All Butter Shortbread into the steaming Assam with unusual pleasure Makes a little sense I suppose especially if one knows what any of the food references areThe two areas of the book I found most interesting were the appendicies and the reconstruction of New York s mid eighteenth century environment The former documents how she and her assistants approached the research of this era and the process of reconstructing the city circa 1741 using scarce census records maps and other data This reconstruction evidenced just how small and provincial New York was at that time Other than a fairly diverse populace and fledgling port this was something like the 37th largest town in Arkansas today As the fires were still smoldering the leaders called forth the emergency action of inspecting every individual house and place of business to round up any potential strangers or non residents that needed accounting forto no avail Yeah nobody happened to be visiting The City that day Trippy Seems like an episode of The Smurfs than a piece of New York s history It s an evocative aspect of the book but unfortunately most of the text revolves around the trials obviously the intent which gets uite cumbersome for those not specifically interested in that era s contorted legal machinationsOne thing I found a bit problematic was the sub theme about political parties Early on she broaches the subject by mentioning the emergence of the Country Party as a potential rival to the established political leadership of the Court Party perhaps the first such threat in the Colonies Much later she exhumes the speculation by considering the purported plotting of slaves might be seen or was by Horsemanden as the euivalent of another rival party in addition to I suppose a force hell bent on total extirpation of white New Yorkers in general Then this theory reemerges with one or two paragraphs at the book s conclusion the institution of slavery is an euivalent to the suppression of Party Flames therefore slave conspiracies and later abolitionist sentiment had a correlation with political opposition Perhaps this is a great insight I can certainly buy it Nonetheless it s a mostly dormant thesis throughout the text and seems tacked on out of fear that the main story needed some additional academic juice Overall I would rate this as a sophisticated construct resulting from important research that is not going to hold the interest of most

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D colors with slaves making up a full one fifth of the population Exploring the political and social climate of the times Lepore dramatically shows how in a city rife with state intrigue and terror the threat of black rebellion united the white political pluralities in a frenzy of racial fear and violen Lots of detail in this book which has some of the twists turns and multiple theories as a murder mystery Unfortunately the momentum flags at several points and the author is much interested in Daniel Horsemanden than I am However the links with the Salem witch trials and especially the African burial ground in the epilogue help redeem the book in my eyes The process for reconstructing the people and places of 18th century New York described in the appendix is also uite interesting Not uite a beach read but we ll worth it


10 thoughts on “New York Burning Liberty Slavery and Conspiracy in Eighteenth Century Manhattan

  1. says:

    This is a superb book but make no mistake it is serious historical research and not easy readingThe basis for my 4

  2. says:

    This book should have been really good a history of a forgotten event revolving around politics and race in colon

  3. says:

    Lepore offers a well researched reconstruction of the alleged conspiracy of the 1741 arsons in New York Is this an important book I imagine so Is it a “good read” Not necessarily Her narrative and style of writing is commendable – having to sift through uote from and reinterpret the Ye Olde cruddy English syntax of the day Necessarily relying on the printed Journal produced by Daniel Horsmanden – a lawyer in charge of the trials –

  4. says:

    I didn't like this as well as Lepore's The Name of War but it's a worthwhile read Lepore addresses two huge issues that don't get taught about

  5. says:

    In New York Burning Jill Lepore traces the history of the slave rebellion in New York City in 1741 and argues that New Yorkers’ fears of slav

  6. says:

    The history is terrific vivid and filled with the complexity of 1741 New York a small place with many tensions Reading the author's notes in the Appendices and Footnotes allows you to follow how she developed her data and us

  7. says:

    This book gives an incredibly detailed account of an incident in American history that most people are unaware of the trials and subseuent executions of many black slaves and several whites alleged to be involved in a slave uprising in 1740s Manhattan The account conjures up images of the Salem Witch Trial just fifty years earlier Fear is aroused by several incidents in this case fires at the governor's hous

  8. says:

    Lots of detail in this book which has some of the twists turns and multiple theories as a murder mystery Unfortunately the momentum flags at several points and the author is much interested in Daniel Horsemanden than I am However the links with the Salem witch trials and especially the African burial ground in the epilogue help redeem the book in my eyes The process for reconstructing the people and places of 18th century New Yor

  9. says:

    Interesting look at a to me unknown incident in 1741 New York City a series of arsons that resulted in a mass trial of slaves most of whom were executed Lepore puts this story in context of the times slave rebellions Indian attacks the rise of Masonry even what plays were on Broad Way at the time Sometimes she gets too deep into trial transcripts and I forgot who was who but in general this was a really well wr

  10. says:

    Parts were very interesting and intriguing but other parts were rather dry If you are someone who likes to study 17th and 18th America this would be a good read for you

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