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By Kenneth C. Davis

“Highly informative and entertaining…propels the reader gentle years past boring textbooks and Gone with the Wind.”
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It has been a hundred and fifty years because the starting salvo of America’s warfare among the States. New York instances bestselling writer Ken Davis tells us every thing we by no means knew approximately our nation’s bloodiest clash in Don’t be aware of a lot approximately ® the Civil War—another attention-grabbing and enjoyable installment in his acclaimed series.

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The Stono Rebellion, the first mass slave revolt, was led by a slave named Jemmy. Apparently encouraged by Spanish missionaries and promised liberation, a group of twenty slaves attacked a store and killed the two storekeep­ ers. Armed with guns and powder, they set off for St. Augustine, Florida. ” Gathering recruits, Jemmy and his band even­ tually grew to about a hundred. During a ten-mile march, they killed approximately thirty white people before an armed militia caught them in a field. ” Meant as a warning to other rebellious slaves, the display grimly recalled the famed ancient up “The Wolf by the Ears” / 25 rising of Spartacus, who led an army of slaves against the Roman legions.

In Africa, few Europeans ever actually captured a slave. The work of capturing and enslaving Africans was generally done by other Africans, who sold their prisoners to Arab coastal traders. Who were these unlucky millions? Like slavery through the ages, African slavery began with prisoners of war. Some were tribal royalty, prizes of war, taken by neigboring or enemy tribesmen and sold to Arab traders for rum, codfish, salt, and Spanish money. In some cases they were criminals or debtors. Eventually they were simply the subjects of African kings and local chieftains who were unable to resist the temptation of the European riches and goods placed before them.

I have seen some of these poor African prisoners most severely cut for attempting to do so, and hourly whipped for not eating. This indeed was often the case with myself…. … At last, when the ship, in which we were, had got in all her cargo, they made ready with many fearful noises, and we were all put under deck, so that we could not see how they managed the vessel. But this disappointment was the least of my grief. The stench of the hold, while we were on the coast, was so intolerably loathsome, that it was dangerous to remain there for any time, and some of us had been permitted to stay on the deck for the fresh air, but now that the whole ship’s cargo was confined to­ gether, it became absolutely pestilential.

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