Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood

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Oxford University Press, 1994 - 378 pages
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A remarkable study of one of the most massive slave rebellions in the history of the Western Hemisphere. In 1823 Demerara (now Guyana), 60,000 black slaves rose up against their British masters and then were brutally put down. With gripping narrative, this book explores the conflicts within the society that gave the rebellion life, and the larger historical forces that finally put slavery to an end.

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CROWNS OF GLORY, TEARS OF BLOOD: The Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823

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An engrossing history of an obscure incident: the 1823 mass uprising of slaves in the South American British colony of Demerara (present-day Guyana). Da Costa (History/Yale) draws on ample primary ... Read full review

Crowns of glory, tears of blood: the Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823

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Da Costa re-creates the historical moment of one of the most massive slave rebellions in the history of the Americas--the uprising of 9000 to 12,000 blacks in August 1823 in Demerara, the British ... Read full review


Planters and Missionaries
Masters and Slaves
THREE The Fiery Furnace
FOUR A True Lover of Man
SEVEN A Crown of Glory That Fadeth Not Away

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Page 251 - ... and Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness : and the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited [or, of separation] : and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness
Page 345 - Therefore the LORD shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows : for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
Page 284 - That through a determined and persevering, but, at the same time, judicious and temperate enforcement of such measures, this House looks forward to a progressive improvement in the character of the slave population, such as may prepare them for a participation in those civil rights and privileges which are enjoyed by other classes of his Majesty's subjects.
Page 177 - That the state of slavery is repugnant to the principles of the British constitution and of the Christian religion, and that it ought to be gradually abolished throughout the British colonies with as much expedition as may be found consistent with a due regard to the well-being of the parties concerned.
Page 121 - And wear the bonds, than fasten them on him. We have no slaves at home : — then why abroad ? And they themselves, once ferried o'er the wave That parts us, are emancipate and loosed. Slaves cannot breathe in England ; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free ; They touch our country, and their shackles fall.
Page 264 - Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, О wicked man, thou shalt surely die ; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity ; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Page 141 - So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Page 345 - For wickedness burneth as the fire : it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke. 19 Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire : no man shall spare his brother.
Page 308 - And this spirit of liberty is so deeply implanted in our constitution, and rooted even in our very soil, that a slave or a negro, the moment he lands in England, falls under the protection of the laws, and so far becomes a freeman (g) ; though the master's right to his service may possibly still continue (6), (7).

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