The Stono Rebels Strike for Liberty
This chapter examines the Stono Rebellion, which broke out on September 9, 1739, when a group of Kongolese slaves-turned-rebels stormed a storehouse near Charles Town in the colony of South Carolina and went on to kill about twenty-three white colonists before being subdued by the militia. It discusses the Stono rebels’ reliance on communication networks to launch the insurrection, and first looks at the rebels’ cultural and historical origins to determine how their rebellion was organized and communicated among Lowcountry slaves. The chapter also discusses the rebellion in relation to the debate over the depth of African cultural carryovers among African Americans, and finally considers how their religious faith enabled the slaves to assert and display their human desire for liberty.
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