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Tumult and silence at Second Creek : an inquiry into a Civil War slave conspiracy, Winthrop D. Jordan

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Tumult and silence at Second Creek : an inquiry into a Civil War slave conspiracy
Title
Tumult and silence at Second Creek
Title remainder
an inquiry into a Civil War slave conspiracy
Statement of responsibility
Winthrop D. Jordan
Title variation
Civil War slave conspiracy
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the war-fevered spring and summer of 1861, a group of slaves in Adams County, Mississippi, conspired to gain their freedom by overthrowing and murdering their white masters. The conspiracy was discovered, the plotters were arrested and tried, and at least forty slaves in and around Natchez were hanged. By November the affair was over, and the planters of the district united to conceal the event behind a veil of silence. In 1971, Winthrop D. Jordan came upon the central document, previously unanalyzed by modern scholars, upon which this extraordinary book is based - a record of the testimony of some of the accused slaves as they were interrogated by a committee of planters determined to ferret out what was going on. This discovery led him on a twenty-year search for additional information about the aborted rebellion. Because no official report or even newspaper account of the plot existed, the search for evidence became a feat of historical detection. Jordan gathered information from every possible source - the private letters and diaries of members of the families involved in suppressing the conspiracy and of people who recorded the rumors that swept the Natchez area in the unsettled months following the beginning of the war; letters from Confederate soldiers concerned about the events back home; the journal of a Union officer who heard of the plot; records of the postwar Southern Claims Commission; census documents; plantation papers; even gravestones. What has emerged from this odyssey of research is a brilliantly written re-creation of one of the last slave conspiracies in the United States. It is also a revealing portrait of the Natchez region at the very beginning of the Civil War, when Adams County was one of the wealthiest communities in the nation and a few powerful families interconnected by marriage and business controlled not only a large black population but the poorer whites as well. In piecing together the fragments of extant information about the conspiracy, Jordan has produced a vivid picture of the plantation slave community in southwestern Mississippi in 1861 - its composition and distribution; the degree of mobility permitted slaves; the ways information was passed around slave quarters and from plantation to plantation; the possibilities for communication with town slaves, free blacks, and white abolitionists. Jordan also explores the treatment of blacks by their owners, the kinds of resentments the slaves harbored, the sacrifices they were willing to make to protect or avenge abused family members, and the various ways in which they viewed freedom. Tumult and Silence at Second Creek is a major work by one of the most distinguished scholars of slavery and race relations. Winthrop D. Jordan's study of the slave society of the Natchez area at the onset of the Civil War is a landmark contribution to the field. More than that, his exhaustive and resourceful search for documentation and his careful analysis of sources make the study an extended and innovative essay on the nature of historical evidence and inference
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Jordan, Winthrop D
Dewey number
976.2/2600496073
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F347.A2
LC item number
J67 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Slave insurrections
  • African Americans
  • Plantation life
  • Adams County (Miss.)
  • Slavernij
  • Opstanden
Label
Tumult and silence at Second Creek : an inquiry into a Civil War slave conspiracy, Winthrop D. Jordan
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Publication
Note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- An episode in May -- Evidentiary sounds and voices -- Of water, land, and work -- Of the planting classes -- Of one kind of politics -- The trials -- The rebels -- Road travelers -- Of women white and black -- Of ideologies and occupations -- Of means and leaders -- The voices of reprise -- A separate peace -- Appendixes : Documents and cast of characters. Note on the documents -- Lemuel P. Conner's record (literal) -- Lemuel P. Conner's record (augmented) -- Susan Sillers Darden diary -- How[ell] Hines to Governor -- Jo. D.L. Davenport to Governor -- Benjamin L.C. Wailes diary -- Louisa and Joseph Lovell letters -- William J. Minor plantation diary -- S[ophia] H. Hunt to Jennie [Hughes] -- William H. Ker to Mary S. Ker -- A.K. Farrar to Governor -- Van S. Bennett diary -- Statement of Pleasant Scott -- Statement of James Carter -- Testimony of Rebecca A. Minor -- Testimony of William T. Martin -- Brief on loyalty, Katherine S. Minor claim -- Opinion on the Minors' role at the racetrack -- Charlie Davenport interview (Version Y) -- Charlie Davenport interview (Version Z) -- Cast of characters. Black, by own name (if known) -- Black, by owner's name or not owned -- White
Control code
26096074
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 391 pages
Isbn
9780807117620
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92022138
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)26096074
Label
Tumult and silence at Second Creek : an inquiry into a Civil War slave conspiracy, Winthrop D. Jordan
Publication
Note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- An episode in May -- Evidentiary sounds and voices -- Of water, land, and work -- Of the planting classes -- Of one kind of politics -- The trials -- The rebels -- Road travelers -- Of women white and black -- Of ideologies and occupations -- Of means and leaders -- The voices of reprise -- A separate peace -- Appendixes : Documents and cast of characters. Note on the documents -- Lemuel P. Conner's record (literal) -- Lemuel P. Conner's record (augmented) -- Susan Sillers Darden diary -- How[ell] Hines to Governor -- Jo. D.L. Davenport to Governor -- Benjamin L.C. Wailes diary -- Louisa and Joseph Lovell letters -- William J. Minor plantation diary -- S[ophia] H. Hunt to Jennie [Hughes] -- William H. Ker to Mary S. Ker -- A.K. Farrar to Governor -- Van S. Bennett diary -- Statement of Pleasant Scott -- Statement of James Carter -- Testimony of Rebecca A. Minor -- Testimony of William T. Martin -- Brief on loyalty, Katherine S. Minor claim -- Opinion on the Minors' role at the racetrack -- Charlie Davenport interview (Version Y) -- Charlie Davenport interview (Version Z) -- Cast of characters. Black, by own name (if known) -- Black, by owner's name or not owned -- White
Control code
26096074
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 391 pages
Isbn
9780807117620
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92022138
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)26096074

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