Item Details

The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution

Julius Scott ; foreword by Marcus Rediker
Format
Book
Published
London ; Brooklyn, NY : Verso, 2018.
Language
English
ISBN
9781788732475, 1788732472, 9781788732505 (us ebook), 9781788732499 (uk ebook)
Summary
"Out of the grey expanse of official records in Spanish, English and French, The Common Wind provides a gripping and colourful account of inter-continental communication networks that tied together the free and enslaved masses of the new world. A powerful "history from below," this book follows those "rumours of emancipation" and the people who spread them, bringing to life the protagonists in the revolution against slavery. Though it has been said that The Common Wind is "the most original dissertation ever written," and is credited for having "opened up the Black Atlantic with a rigour and a commitment to the power of written words," the PhD project has remained unpublished for thirty-two years, since it was completed at Duke University in 1986. Now, after receiving wide acclaim from leading historians of slavery and the new world, it will be released by Verso for the first time, with a foreword by Marcus Rediker"--
Contents
  • "Pandora's box" : the masterless Caribbean at the end of the eighteenth century
  • "Negroes in foreign bottoms" : sailors, slaves, and communication
  • "The suspence is dangerous in a thousand shapes" : news, rumor, and politics on the eve of the Haitian revolution
  • "Ideas of liberty have sunk so deep" : communication and revolution, 1789-93
  • "Know your true interests" : Saint-Domingue and the Americas, 1793-1800.
Description
246 pages ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Technical Details
  • Access in Virgo Classic

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