Red Round Globe Hot Burning: A Tale at the Crossroads of the Commons and Closure, of Love and Terror, of Race and Class, and of Kate and Ned Despard

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Univ of California Press, Mar 26, 2019 - History - 488 pages
On February 21, 1803, Colonel Edward (Ned) Marcus Despard was publicly hanged and decapitated in London before a crowd of 20,000 for organizing a revolutionary conspiracy to overthrow King George III. His black Caribbean wife, Catherine (Kate), helped to write his gallows speech in which he proclaimed that he was a friend to the poor and oppressed. He expressed trust that “the principles of freedom, of humanity, and of justice will triumph over falsehood, tyranny, and delusion.”
 
And yet the world turned. From the connected events of the American, French, Haitian, and failed Irish Revolutions, to the Anthropocene’s birth amidst enclosures, war-making global capitalism, slave labor plantations, and factory machine production, Red Round Globe Hot Burning throws readers into the pivotal moment of the last two millennia. This monumental history, packed with a wealth of detail, presents a comprehensive chronicle of the resistance to the demise of communal regimes. Peter Linebaugh’s extraordinary narrative recovers the death-defying heroism of extended networks of underground resisters fighting against privatization of the commons accomplished by two new political entities, the U.S.A. and the U.K., that we now know would dispossess people around the world through today. Red Round Globe Hot Burning is the culmination of a lifetime of research—encapsulated through an epic tale of love.
 
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Grave of a Woman
19
Quest for the Commons
25
Despard at the Gallows
35
Thats True Anyhow
116
A Boy amid the Whiteboys
121
The Same Cont
127
SECTION E A MERICA I 35
137
The Den of Thieves 2 47
247
Commons or True Commons
261
PART THREE LOVE AND ST RUG G L E
279
sECTION H THE BUSINES s
281
The Business
283
The Kiss of Love and Equalization
292
Criminalization in the Labor Process
301
Irish Labor English Coal
317

Cooperation and Survival in Jamaica
146
Nicaragua and the Miskito Commons
154
Honduras and the Mayan Commons
165
SECTION F HAIT I I 77
179
Ireland and Volney
193
A Spot in Time zo 4
204
SECTION G ENGLAND 22 3
223
A System of ManEaters
225
The Goose and the Commons c 1802
238
In Debt in Prison
327
The Commons of the Meal
339
Catherine Despard Confronts the Penitentiary
355
The Red Cap of Liberty
384
What Is the Human Race?
406
Works Cited
423
Index
449
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Peter Linebaugh is a historian and the author of The Magna Carta Manifesto,The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day, and Stop, Thief!, among many others, and the co-author, with Marcus Rediker, of The Many-Headed Hydra. His articles have appeared in publications that include CounterPunch, the New Left Review, and Radical History Review.
 

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