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Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War by Vincent Brown

Tacky's Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War

Vincent Brown

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Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 31 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9780674737570

Tacky's revolt, in modern-day Jamaica, was the largest slave uprising in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic. A strikingly modern guerilla conflict, the revolt inspired both fear of and sympathy toward black lives. Vincent Brown offers a gripping account of the fighting and its reverberations across an interconnected world.

4 stars out of 5
11 Jan 2020

"(a) careful reconstruction of an understudied footnote in Jamaican history"

Resistance smouldered on in Jamaica itself. More revolts broke out during the late 1760s and 1770s. Rebel slaves were deported across the Americas, including Haiti, where they may have spread the news that whites were not invulnerable. An architect of the Haitian Revolution, a slave and oracle named ‘Boukman’, is supposed to have come from Jamaica. In 1807, the year of the Slave Trade Act, one plantation owner overheard workers telling new arrivals the story of the uprising — events that had occurred 40 years before they were born. Perhaps Tacky’s Revolt showed the slaves of the Caribbean that they could break their own chains.