SUNY Oneonta

AHIS 259 Slave Rebellions in NYC

1 s.h.

Slavery played a crucial role in the history of New York City. This course explores two significant moments in that history: the slave insurrection of 1712 and the slave conspiracy of 1741. During the 1712 slave insurrection, dozens of slaves rebelled and with axe, knife and gun attempted to free themselves from bondage. In 1741 slaves, free blacks and poor whites conspired to burn the city and free all slaves; many were arraigned, tried, convicted and executed for arson and high treason. Further, the course explores how, in less dramatic ways, slaves rebelled and attempted to lay claim to their body and their freedom. The outcome of these actions and the response of New York City’s residents receives special attention. Note: students may participate in a one day field experience in New York City. Offered irregularly.

Prerequisite: SoS or 3 s.h. 100-level HIST course.

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