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New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan

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It began with one fire and over a few weeks grew to a total of ten. In the frigid winter of 1741, white residents of New York City where one in five of the inhabitants were enslaved became convinced that these fires constituted a slave uprising. By the end of the affair, thirteen African American men had been burned at the stake and seventeen more hanged. Over 100 African American men and women were imprisoned. Then, white New Yorkers began to ask themselves if, after all, the city had experienced the "merciless flames of an imaginary plot." Jill Lepore is a distinguished Harvard historian who believes that academics should write history for a general audience. In her Pulitzer Prize finalist, New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan (Vintage, 2005), Lepore has turned these events into a highly readable and compelling narrative, vividly recreating the texture and tensions of life in an eighteeth century seaport. She also raises an important question about the origins of American political culture: How could a political ideology which exalted liberty arise in a society which enslaved so many people? Join us to explore this little-known episode in early American history.


Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Michael Plumpton2.John Drodow 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
7/7/2020 - 7/28/2020 Weekly - Tue 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map John Drodow  ; Michael Plumpton  ClassRoom