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The Creole Affair: The Slave Rebellion That Led the U.S. And Great Britain to the Brink of War

Arthur T. Downey
Format
Book
Published
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
Language
English
ISBN
9781442236615 (pbk. : alk. paper), 1442236612 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9781442236622 (ebk.)
Summary
The Creole Affair is the story of the most successful slave rebellion in American history, and the effects of that rebellion on diplomacy, the domestic slave trade, and the definition of slavery itself. Held against their will aboard the Creole--a slave ship on its way from Richmond to New Orleans in 1841--the rebels seized control of the ship and changed course to the Bahamas. Because the Bahamas were subject to British rule of law, the slaves were eventually set free, and these American slaves' presence on foreign soil sparked one of America's most contentious diplomatic battles with the UK, the nation in control of those remote islands. Though the rebellion appeared a success, the ensuing political battle between the United States and Britain that would lead the rivals to the brink of their third war, was just beginning. As such, The Creole Affair is just as importantly a story of diplomacy: of two extraordinary non-professional diplomats who cleverly resolved the tensions arising from this historic slave uprising that, had they been allowed to escalate, had the potential for catastrophe.
Contents
  • Introduction
  • The rebellion
  • Part I. The context : pre-November 1841
  • The United States
  • US-British relations at the brink
  • The British Bahamas
  • Part II. Forward : November 1841
  • In Nassau
  • In the United States
  • Enter diplomacy; crisis averted
  • Part III. Afterward : Post-November 1841
  • Insurance for slave "property"
  • Should the British have freed the slaves?
  • A former slave's heroic slave
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix I: Chronology
  • Appendix II: Message from the president of the United States to the two Houses of Congress at the Commencement of the second session of the Twenty-seventh Congress, December 7, 1841
  • Appendix III: Exchange of diplomatic notes between Secretary Webster and Lord Ashburton, August 1842.
Description
viii, 227 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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