The 1812 Aponte Rebellion in Cuba and the Struggle against Atlantic Slavery - Envisioning Cuba (Paperback)
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The 1812 Aponte Rebellion in Cuba and the Struggle against Atlantic Slavery - Envisioning Cuba (Paperback)

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In 1812, a series of revolts known collectively as the Aponte Rebellion erupted across the island of Cuba, comprising one of the largest and most important slave insurrections in Caribbean history. Matt Childs provides the first in-depth analysis of the rebellion, situating it in local, colonial, imperial, and Atlantic World contexts. Childs explains how slaves and free people of color responded to the nineteenth-century ""sugar boom"" in the Spanish colony by planning a rebellion against racial slavery and plantation agriculture. Striking alliances among free people of color and slaves, blacks and mulattoes, Africans and Creoles, and rural and urban populations, rebels were prompted to act by a widespread belief in rumors promising that emancipation was near. Taking further inspiration from the 1791 Haitian Revolution, rebels sought to destroy slavery in Cuba and perhaps even end Spanish rule. By comparing his findings to studies of slave insurrections in Brazil, Haiti, the British Caribbean, and the United States, Childs places the rebellion within the wider story of Atlantic World revolution and political change. The book also features a biographical table, constructed by Childs, of the more than 350 people investigated for their involvement in the rebellion, 34 of whom were executed.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807857724
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 472 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
The first in-depth analysis of insurrections in Cuba in 1812.--Black Issues Book Review


Matt Childs . . . provides a new interpretation of classic data, making his one of the most important works in Cuban Studies published in the last fifteen years.--The Americas


Childs should be praised for redirecting the 'Aponte Rebellion' into the general literature of African diaspora studies.--Colonial Latin American Historical Review


A careful and multi-layered account of the uprisings and the people who planned and carried them out. . . . Childs brilliantly renders this historical complexity.--The International History Review


[Contains] important appendix of demographic data on the 381 individuals arrested for participation in the rebellion.--CHOICE


A masterfully researched book. . . . Insights . . . about the structures and institutions that slaves and free people mobilized represent one of the book's greatest contributions.--H-Net Reviews


A welcome contribution to the debates about slave rebellion and also about the nature of the societies of both the slave-owning Caribbean islands and of the free people of colour. Its detail is always fascinating and telling, and its argument sound and much needed.--Journal of Latin American Studies


Framed in an engaging narrative . . . a welcome contribution to the study of African slavery in the New World.--Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y el Caribe


A groundbreaking study that is impressively researched and captivatingly written.--Slavery and Abolition


An impressive array of archival sources. . . . Provides an engaging model.--Hispanic American Historical Review


A passionately written book that will prove to be a valuable contribution to slavery studies, as well as to the historiography of Cuba and the African diaspora.--The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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