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The Amistad Case
Fifty-three Africans were purchased by two Spanish planters and put aboard the Cuban schooner Amistad for shipment to a Caribbean plantation. On July 1, 1839, the Africans seized the ship, killed the captain and the cook, and ordered the planters to sail to Africa.
Denmark Vesey, a black freedman, planned a slave revolt in the state of South Carolina that would have involved more blacks than any other uprising in United States history.
Freedom's Journal was the first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in the United States. Founded by Rev. Peter Williams, Jr. and other free black men in New York City, it was published weekly as a four-page, four-column newspaper, starting with the March 16, 1827 issue. Freedom's Journal circulated in 11 states, the District of Columbia, Haiti, Europe, and Canada.
Gabriel's Conspiracy was a plan by enslaved African American men to attack Richmond and destroy slavery in Virginia. Although thwarted, it remains one of the half-dozen most important insurrection plots in the history of North American slavery.
Jan. 8, 1811: Louisiana’s Heroic Slave Revolt
One of the most suppressed and hidden stories of African and African American history is the story of the 1811 Slave Revolt. The aim of the revolt was the establishment of an independent republic, a Black republic. Over 500 Africans, from 50 different nations with 50 different languages, would wage a fight against U.S. troops and the territorial militias.
The most effective slave revolt in United States history was led by a young black man, Nat Turner, who regarded himself as an agent of God to lead his people out of bondage. The revolt ended the false belief that slaves were either happy with their lives as they were or were too submissive to rebel.
Nat Turner's Insurrection
154 years ago, The Atlantic published an account of a Virginia slave revolt that would become one of the bloodiest in American history.
Resistance Means More Than Rebellion (Teaching Hard History Podcast)
To see a more complete picture of the experience of enslaved people, you have to redefine resistance. Dr. Kenneth S. Greenberg offers teachers a lens to help students see the ways in which enslaved people fought back against the brutality of slavery.