New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-century Manhattan

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Vintage Books, 2005 - History - 323 pages
28 Reviews
Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner

Over a frigid few weeks in the winter of 1741, ten fires blazed across Manhattan. With each new fire, panicked whites saw more evidence of a slave uprising. In the end, thirteen black men were burned at the stake, seventeen were hanged and more than one hundred black men 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 and 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 violence.
  

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Review: New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan

User Review  - Chris Kostenko - Goodreads

Jill Lepore is my favorite historian. In every book, she looks at the evidence, and looks at the times, looks at the culture and tries to fill in the blanks. She does an amazing job. Harvard professor ... Read full review

Review: New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan

User Review  - Reid - Goodreads

My wife listened to this audio book while on a road trip. The title intrigued me. Lepore's story appears to be written from historical records she studied, about a 1741 time in New York when the city ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE Tac Pat
5
CHAPTER ONE Ice
15
CHAPTER TVVO Fire
40
CHAPTER THREE Stone
64
CHAPTER FOUR Paper
93
CHAPTER FIVE Water
129
CHAPTER SIX Blood
170
CHAPTER SEVEN I 211
198
EPILOGUE Dust
221
Appendices
243
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About the author (2005)

Jill Lepore is Professor of History at Harvard University and the author of The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity, which won both the Bancroft Prize and Phi Beta Kappa's Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, as well as A is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States. She is a contributor to The New Yorker. Lepore lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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