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Calling Out Liberty: The Stono Slave Rebellion and the Universal Struggle for Human Rights

Jack Shuler


On Sunday, September 9, 1739, twenty Kongolese slaves armed themselves by breaking into a storehouse near the Stono River south of Charleston, South Carolina. They killed twenty-three white colonists, joined forces with other slaves, and marched toward Spanish Florida. There the rebels expected to find freedom. One report claims they were overheard shouting, “Liberty!” Before the day ended, however, the rebellion was crushed, and afterwards, many surviving rebels were executed. South Carolina rapidly responded with a comprehensive slave code. The Negro Act reinforced white power through laws m ... More

Keywords: slaves, Stono River, South Carolina, white colonists, Spanish Florida, freedom, rebels, Stono Rebellion, slave code, Negro Act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781604732733
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732733.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Shuler, author