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Brooding Over Bloody Revenge

Brooding Over Bloody Revenge

Enslaved Women's Lethal Resistance

Nikki M. Taylor
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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.

Nikki M. Taylor is Professor and Chair in the Department of History at Howard University. She specializes in nineteenth-century African American History. This is her fourth book.

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publish Date: July 13, 2023
  • Pages: 250
  • Dimensions: 5.28 X 8.35 X 0.39 inches | 0.95 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Hardcover
  • EAN/UPC: 9781009276849
  • BISAC Categories: African American, Slavery

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