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Rebels and Runaways: Slave Resistance in Nineteenth-Century Florida
by Larry Eugene Rivers
University of Illinois Press, 2013
Cloth: 978-0-252-03691-0 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09403-3 | Paper: 978-0-252-07966-5
Library of Congress Classification E445.F6R57 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.362097590903


This gripping study examines slave resistance and protest in antebellum Florida and its local and national impact from 1821 to 1865. Using a variety of sources, Larry Eugene Rivers discusses Florida's unique historical significance as a runaway slave haven dating back to the seventeenth century. In moving detail, Rivers illustrates what life was like for enslaved blacks whose families were pulled asunder as they relocated and how they fought back any way they could to control small parts of their own lives. Identifying slave rebellions such as the Stono, Louisiana, Denmark (Telemaque) Vesey, Gabriel, and the Nat Turner insurrections, Rivers argues persuasively that the size, scope, and intensity of black resistance in the Second Seminole War makes it the largest sustained slave insurrection in American history.

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