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The Resource Crowns of glory, tears of blood : the Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823, Emilia Viotti da Costa

Crowns of glory, tears of blood : the Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823, Emilia Viotti da Costa

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Crowns of glory, tears of blood : the Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823
Title
Crowns of glory, tears of blood
Title remainder
the Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823
Statement of responsibility
Emilia Viotti da Costa
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
On the night of August 17, 1823, the distinctly African sounds of blaring shell-horns and beating drums signalled the start of one of the most massive slave rebellions in the history of the Western hemisphere, the uprising in the British colony of Demerara (now Guyana). That evening, nine to twelve thousand slaves surrounded the main houses of about sixty plantations, armed with cutlasses, knives fastened on poles, and guns. They broke down doors, smashed windows, commandeered arms and ammunition, and put their masters and overseers in the stocks. Intent on avoiding a blood bath (over three days of fighting, colonial forces took the lives of more than 255 slaves, while only two or three white men were killed), the rebels spoke of "rights", and planned to present their grievances to the governor. For a few days, the slaves succeeded in turning the world upside down, treating masters the way masters had always treated slaves. Retaliation from colonial officials would be swift, bloody, and brutal. In Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood Emilia Viotti da Costa tells the riveting story of a pivotal moment in the history of slavery. Studying the complaints brought by slaves to the office of the Protector of Slaves, she reconstructs the experience of slavery through the eyes of the Demerara slaves themselves. Da Costa also draws on eyewitness accounts, official records, and private journals (most notably the diary of John Smith, one of four ministers sent by the London Missionary Society to convert Demerara's "heathen"), to paint a vivid portrait of a society in transition, shaken to its foundations by the recent revolutions in America, France, and Haiti. Smith and his wife, Jane, the planters and colonial politicians, and the leaders of the rebellion emerge as flesh-and-blood individuals, players trapped in a complex political game none of them could fully understand
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214719
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DLC
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Costa, Emília Viotti da
Dewey number
988.1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F2384
LC item number
.C67 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Smith, John
  • Slave insurrections
  • Guyana
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the Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823
Label
Crowns of glory, tears of blood : the Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823, Emilia Viotti da Costa
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-372) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 378 pages
Isbn
9780195082982
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
92038696
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • ocm26931562
  • OCoLC
Label
Crowns of glory, tears of blood : the Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823, Emilia Viotti da Costa
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-372) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 378 pages
Isbn
9780195082982
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
92038696
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • ocm26931562
  • OCoLC

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