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1 Slave Revolts Ralph Waldo Emerson "What is man born for but to be... a remaker of what man has made?"

2 Gabriel’s Rebellion Gabriel planned to create a huge army of escaped slaves and eventually take over the Governor’s mansion – forcing him to accept their demands. Didn’t work because of bad weather and two slaves who sold him out. He was captured, tried and convicted, and finally executed.

3 Fort Blount, FL Former British fort held by 300 escaped slaves. Used as a raiding staging post. Destroyed by Jackson and US troops.

4 Denmark Vesey Won $1500 and bought his freedom. Artisan in Charleston, SC. Organized 9000 slaves in an attempted revolt. Betrayed and hung.

5 Nat Turner—1831 Claimed that he had been chosen by God to lead the slaves to freedom. August 21 – Nat and 6 other slaves killed the Travis family. He gathered 75 other slaves, killed 51 whites. Hid for 6 weeks, was hanged in Jerusalem, VA.

6 Amistad--1839

7 Amistad cont’d The Amistad was a slave ship en route to Puerto Principe from Havana. On board were 5 whites, a mulatto cook, a black cabin boy and 53 slaves. The slaves broke free and took over. Two crewmen were spared – and a deal was struck. They would live as long as they got the slaves back to Africa. The crewmen sailed towards Africa during the day, but to America in the night. They landed in Long Island.

8 Amistad trial Captured and became a legal issue and made it to the Supreme Court. JQA argues for 8 hrs in defense. Returned to Africa in 1842.

9 The Creole Slave trader with 135 slaves on board. Mutiny and capture of the ship. Sails to British Bahamas.


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