Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood

Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood : The Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823

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A remarkable study of one of the most massive slave rebellions in the history of the Western Hemisphere. In 1823 Demerara (now Guyana), 60,000 black slaves rose up against their British masters and then were brutally put down. With gripping narrative, this book explores the conflicts within the society that gave the rebellion life, and the larger historical forces that finally put slavery to an more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • halftones, figures, maps, tables
  • 0195106563
  • 9780195106565
  • 1,309,332

About Emilia Viotti Da Costa

A native of Brazil, Emilia Viotti da Costa is Professor of History at Yale University, and the author of The Brazilian Empire: Myths and more

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In Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood Emilia Viotti da Costa tells the story of the Demerara slave rebellion of 1823, and she tells it very well. Her narrative, vividly written, utilizes multiple sources to tell the story from different points of view. Her book comes out of a tradition of writing inspired both by marxist and nationalist historiographies and has none of the trappings of a postcolonial text. The older questions of historical determination, of causality and of agency meet the new agendas of cultural history in a deeply satisfying narrative. * History Workshop Journal *show more

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The night of August 17, 1823 saw 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), in which nearly twelve thousand slaves took up arms against their masters. In Crowns of Glory, Emilia Viotti daCosta tells the riveting story of this 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 more

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