PreCirculatedMultiSession Moving Communities and Networks in the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade, Part 2: Enslaved Rebels and Maroons: Comparing Slave Resistance in the Nineteenth-Century Americas

AHA Session 65
Friday, January 6, 2012: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Addison Room (Chicago Marriott Downtown)
Joshua M. Rosenthal, Western Connecticut State University
Rosanne M. Adderley, Tulane University

Session Abstract

This panel discusses several forms of slave resistence during the nineteenth century in three different slave societies of the Americas: French Caribbean, U.S. South, and Brazil. The various papers show how slave societies, slave rebellions and the formation of runaway slave communities contributed to disturb, challenge, and disrupt the institution of slavery in the Americas. During the period of the rise of the international abolitionist movements, the various papers show that during the first half of the nineteenth century, masters lived in constant fear of slave uprisings. The papers also show that during this period, in various slave societies all over the Americas, enslaved individuals took the fight for freedom in their own hands.