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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (196 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jill Lepore Narrator: Beth McDonald Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9781598871814
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The untold story of the little-known Manhattan slave rebellion of 1741 and the white hysteria that resulted in thirty black men hanged or burned at the stake, over a hundred black men and women thrown into the dungeon beneath City Hall, and many more shipped into bone-crushing slavery on Caribbean plantations. Was this a brutal and audacious rebellion prevented just in time or a far more horrible and unjust version of the Salem witch trials?

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/20/2013

    " A little slow, but an interesting and under-discussed chapter in history "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica luther | 11/11/2013

    " This was a good book and kept me interested. However I had to keep flipping back and forth to clarify which slave she was referring to, as many of then had the same names. I wish her thesis would have been more straightforward, but all in all I enjoyed it and learned quite a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Nondorf | 10/17/2013

    " I'm envious of the research Lepore has done--impressive historical/cultural analysis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 4/26/2013

    " a slow read at first, this book and the little known NYC slave riot of 1741 that it recounts is gripping and a must read for anyone who wants to know more about the history of Gotham "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim O'Loughlin | 4/8/2013

    " Interesting lost episode in colonial U.S. history with unexpected connections to the Salem witch trials. A sad story overall, but an interesting read/listen "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annmbray | 12/27/2012

    " Interesting but too much repetition and detail regarding the slave witnesses and trials. Did enjoy details about life in NYC in the 1700s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Beeler | 3/8/2012

    " Ok so she's on some fancy grant board and no one wants to poorly review her book, even though they don't like it. I do, and I don't want her grants. I thought applying a strong narrative arc really helps move the analysis forward. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Ford | 4/20/2011

    " A very interesting account of colonial slave culture in New York city during the early 1700s. Slavery was an integral part of the social fabric, and in understanding incidents like the ones capture by Lepore greatly illuminates events between the Aprils of 1861 and 1865. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Troy Ramsay | 4/11/2011

    " A great book about how the Tea Party of today is trying to take the Tea Party of the 1760s their own. A fun, enlightening, read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/9/2011

    " Excellent look at how history, specifically the history of the American Revolution, has been used and misused. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 1/17/2011

    " Puts the right wing fake history in perspective. "

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About the Author
Author Jill LeporeEleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945. She made Gallup's list of "People that Americans Most Widely Admired in the 20th Century," and Time's "The 25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century."

Jill Lepore is the Kemper Professor of American History at Harvard and a staff writer at the New Yorker. Her books include The Name of War (1998), which won the Bancroft Prize; New York Burning (2005), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history; The Story of America (2012), which was short-listed for the PEN Literary Award for the Art of the Essay; Book of Ages (2013), a finalist for the National Book Award; and The Secret History of Wonder Woman (2014). Lepore is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. In 2012, she was named a Harvard College Professor, in recognition of distinction in undergraduate teaching.
About the Narrator

Beth McDonald, a Juilliard graduate, has appeared across the country in regional theatre productions of plays by Shakespeare, Neil Simon, Sophocles, Arthur Miller, Moliere, A. R.Gurney, Euripides, and others. Her Broadway credits include the original cast of Angels in America, A Few Good Men, and Einstein and the Polar Bear. Her television work includes appearances on Law & Order, Third Watch, and The Courtroom as well as recurring roles on All My Children and As the World Turns. She has appeared in Mona Lisa Smile and several independent feature films. An Earphones Award-winner, Beth has read a number of audiobooks including Susan Faludi’s The Terror Dream, Sandra Brown’s Sunny Chandler’s Return, Tami Hoag’s Dark Horse, and Elisabeth Hyde’s The Abortionist’s Daughter.