The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic

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Beacon Press, 03.09.2013 - 448 Seiten
Winner of the International Labor History Award

Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants had ideas about freedom and equality that would forever change history. The Many Headed-Hydra recounts their stories in a sweeping history of the role of the dispossessed in the making of the modern world.

When an unprecedented expansion of trade and colonization in the early seventeenth century launched the first global economy, a vast, diverse, and landless workforce was born. These workers crossed national, ethnic, and racial boundaries, as they circulated around the Atlantic world on trade ships and slave ships, from England to Virginia, from Africa to Barbados, and from the Americas back to Europe.

Marshaling an impressive range of original research from archives in the Americas and Europe, the authors show how ordinary working people led dozens of rebellions on both sides of the North Atlantic. The rulers of the day called the multiethnic rebels a 'hydra' and brutally suppressed their risings, yet some of their ideas fueled the age of revolution. Others, hidden from history and recovered here, have much to teach us about our common humanity.

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A revealing work of leftist revisionist history whose cast includes sailors, seamstresses, farmers, and a Founding Father or two.Linebaugh (History/Univ. of Toledo) and Rediker's (History/Univ. of ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Introduction
1
The Wreck of the Sea Venture
8
Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water
36
A Blackymore Maide Named Francis
71
The Divarication of the Putney Debares
104
Hydrarchy Sailors Pirares and the Maritime State
143
The Outcasrs of the Nations of the Earth
174
A Morley Crew in the American Revolution
211
The Conspiracy of Edward and Catherine Despard
248
Robert Wedderburn and Arlantic Jubilee
287
Tyger Tyger
327
A Map of the Atlantic 1699
354
Notes
355
Ackowledgments
413
Index
417
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Über den Autor (2013)

Peter Linebaugh, professor of history at the University of Toledo, is a contributing editor of Albion's Fatal Tree and author of The London Hanged.

Marcus Rediker, professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, is author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, winner of the American Studies Association's John Hope Franklin Prize and the Organization of American Historians' Merle Curti Social History Award.

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