TABLE OF CONTENTS; INTRODUCTION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; PROLOGUE: THE LAND AND THE WATER; 1. At Hutchenson's Store; 2. Inhuman Bondage; 3. Terror in the Night; 4. On the Pon Pon Road; 5. Never Forget; EPILOGUE: MEANINGS; EXPLANATORY ESSAY-READING THE SOURCES ON STONO; NOTES; INDEX
Peter Charles Hoffer is Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Georgia. He specializes in early U.S. history and legal history. He is the author of numerous books, including Past Imperfect; Seven Fires: The Urban Infernos that Reshaped American History; The Brave New World: A History of Early America; and The Supreme Court: An Essential History.
Hoffer (history, Univ. of Georgia; Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, Fraud-American History from Bancroft and Parkman to Ambrose, Bellesiles, Ellis, and Goodwin) revisits the circumstances that led to 21 whites dying at the hands of enslaved blacks on September 9, 1739, along South Carolina's Stono River. Intertwining past and present, he narrates a path through a maze of unarticulated intentions and postevent glosses. Working in the mold of historian as storyteller-artist and social scientist, Hoffer interrogates sparse records, sprawling terminology, and previous interpretations and supplies a commentary on historical methods and uses of fragmentary primary sources. The result is this engaging primer on slaves' backgrounds, behaviors, and relationships in Colonial South Carolina's Lowcountry, a typical entry in this series. Hoffer lays open whites' fantasies and fears and their fashioning interpretations to reinforce their views of freedom and slavery within an ideology of white supremacy. VERDICT Hoffer contributes both clarity and complexity to the Stono stories that have come before. General readers and students from high school upward will find this book easier to start and finish than Mark M. Smith's Stono or Jack Shuler's Calling Out Liberty.-Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"This is a smart book--smart because it forces readers to think anew about a topic that is well known to scholars of colonial slavery, the Stono slave rebellion of 1739...Readers will come away with lots to contemplate about the nature of slave resistance in colonial American and about the reading of fragmentary and tantalizing evidence. It is the sort of smart book that students will love." --The Journal of Southern History
"Even in what became the Old South, slavery was so complex and varied that historians rarely write thick books with titles like Slavery any more, and with good reason, and this sort of microhistory can tell us a good deal about slave life and resistance in the early south....Although his previous works have focused more on the northern colonies and states, he is clearly a seasoned legal historian, and given the creative borrowing that went on as colonial assemblies crafted laws to protect enslaved labor, he knows ths terrain well."--Doug Egerton, Le Moyne College