9780674984301-0674984307-Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire

Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire

ISBN-13: 9780674984301
ISBN-10: 0674984307
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Zoellner, Tom
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover 376 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780674984301
ISBN-10: 0674984307
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Zoellner, Tom
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover 376 pages

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Acknowledged authors Zoellner, Tom wrote Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire comprising 376 pages back in 2020. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0674984307 and 9780674984301. Since then Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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From a New York Times bestselling author, a gripping account of the slave rebellion that led to the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.

For five horrific weeks after Christmas in 1831, Jamaica was convulsed by an uprising of its enslaved people. What started as a peaceful labor strike quickly turned into a full-blown revolt, leaving hundreds of plantation houses in smoking ruins. By the time British troops had put down the rebels, more than a thousand Jamaicans lay dead from summary executions and extrajudicial murder.

While the rebels lost their military gamble, their sacrifice accelerated the larger struggle for freedom in the British Atlantic. The daring and suffering of the Jamaicans galvanized public opinion throughout the empire, triggering a decisive turn against slavery. For centuries bondage had fed Britain’s appetite for sugar. Within two years of the Christmas rebellion, slavery was formally abolished.

Island on Fire is a dramatic day-by-day account of this transformative uprising. A skillful storyteller, Tom Zoellner goes back to the primary sources to tell the intimate story of the men and women who rose up and tasted liberty for a few brief weeks. He provides the first full portrait of the rebellion's enigmatic leader, Samuel Sharpe, and gives us a poignant glimpse of the struggles and dreams of the many Jamaicans who died for liberty.

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