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Brooding over bloody revenge, enslaved women's lethal resistance, Nikki M. Taylor.

From the colonial through the antebellum era, enslaved women in the US used lethal force as the ultimate form of resistance. By amplifying their voices and experiences, Brooding over Bloody Revenge strongly challenges assumptions that enslaved women only participated in covert, non-violent forms of resistance, when in fact they consistently seized justice for themselves and organized toward revolt. Nikki M. Taylor expertly reveals how women killed for deeply personal instances of injustice committed by their owners. The stories presented, which span centuries and legal contexts, demonstrate that these acts of lethal force were carefully pre-meditated. Enslaved women planned how and when their enslavers would die, what weapons and accomplices were necessary, and how to evade capture in the aftermath. Original and compelling, Brooding Over Bloody Revenge presents a window into the lives and philosophies of enslaved women who had their own ideas about justice and how to achieve it
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half-title page -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Introduction -- 1 Phillis and Phoebe: " … cut Down the Old Tree, and … Hew off the Branches" -- 2 Annis, Phillis, and Lucy: "[Your] begging is in Vain" -- 3 Cloe: "To Bring all the Misery I Possibly Could …" -- 4 Rose Butler: "… more malignant than murder" -- 5 Jane Williams: "Never Forgets or Forgives Anything" -- 6 Nelly, Betsy, and Ellen: "We concluded to get rid of him … " -- 7 Lucy: "Bad treatment &amp -- c." -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- Selected Bibliography -- Index
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed.
Also issued in print: 2023
Physical Description
1 online resource (247 pages), illustrations (black and white), map (black and white), digital, PDF file(s)
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Form Of Item

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