The Stono Revolt

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Documenting and Interpreting a Southern Slave Revolt
The Stono Revolt is a slave rebellion that took place in South Carolina during the mid-1700s. The rebellion is notable because it was one of the largest slave rebellions that took place in early America. However, the revolt took place at a time when history was still in the making. Scholars did not have modern technology to perfectly capture all of the events that took place. Instead, different people documented events that they saw or heard about, and the full story of what happened was later pieced together by historians. An important point is that not all historians agree on exactly what caused the rebellion. Since different historical accounts provide slightly different perspectives on
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The author states that the black population was beginning to surpass the white population in the south (Smith 103). As with almost any other form of business, a drastic change in the amount of workers or production methods can sometimes cause many problems. Workers are typically supervised by managers. Even in the early farming days, there were farm owners that would monitor the work of their slaves. The rising slave population likely contributed to a surplus of workers and a deficit in managers to oversee them. It is possible that plans of a rebellion were initiated during unsupervised work hours that featured a large number of …show more content…
After the rebellion, new laws were created that addressed the treatment of slaves. Even if the Stono rebellion was somehow prevented, it is likely that a different one would have eventually surfaced. Most people have an inherent sense of justice. The mistreatment of human beings (as evident in slavery) is something that many different people can relate to. Even during times when slavery was popular and widely accepted, there were still some white people that were against the practice. Major events like the Stono rebellion serve to bring injustice into the spotlight. It is hard for people to ignore the circumstances of other people when they realize that those people were willing to risk their lives for change. The living conditions were so poor that they were willing to risk death in order to escape them. More attention was paid to the plight of slaves after the rebellion. However, slaves were not necessarily treated better immediately after the

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