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Doin’ de Right

Doin’ de Right

The Persistence of the Stono Narrative

(p.167) Chapter 7 Doin’ de Right
Calling Out Liberty
Jack Shuler
University Press of Mississippi

The Stono Rebellion that began in a storehouse in colonial South Carolina in 1739 has been variously called an insurrection, a rebellion, a revolt, and an uprising. It was also dubbed the “Gullah War” and the “Angola War.” Whatever its name, the rebellion resulted in the passage of the Negro Act that limited the freedom of slaves but failed to completely silence them. However, the kinds of laws enacted in the wake of the Stono Rebellion would have a negative effect on African Americans for years to come. This book has emphasized the role of communication in the dissemination of ideas about human rights and in the relative control one group has had over human rights discourse. In this chapter, the presence and persistence of the Stono narrative today are examined, and how it has shaped the way the history of slavery and resistance is taught in universities is discussed.

Keywords:   slaves, Stono Rebellion, South Carolina, Negro Act, African Americans, communication, human rights, slavery

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