Tumult and silence at Second Creek : an inquiry into a Civil War slave conspiracy / Winthrop D. Jordan.

By: Jordan, Winthrop DContributor(s): American Council of Learned SocietiesMaterial type: TextTextSeries: ACLS Humanities E-BookPublisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1993ISBN: 0807117625Subject(s): Slave insurrections -- Mississippi -- Adams County | African Americans -- Mississippi -- Adams County -- History -- 19th century | Plantation life -- Mississippi -- Adams County -- History -- 19th century | Adams County (Miss.) -- Race relationsLOC classification: F347.A2 | c1993Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. In: ACLS Humanities E-BookURL: http://www.humanitiesebook.org/
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 359-367) and index.

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Historian Jordan turns his prize-winning skills from probing the nature of white attitudes toward blacks in early America to exploring the process, possibilities, and limits of historical inference from the fears and facts of black-white violence in early Civil War Mississippi. Delving into an alleged 1861 slave conspiracy and the actual repression near Natchez, Jordan discourses on his finding and their meanings. His essay puts the local crisis in a context of sights, sounds, and other sensations that develop the significance of the events while showing how a historian works; for the latter purpose, he appends much of his evidence in 20 documents. More than the story of a black plot or white panic, this book is an engaging primer in historical reasoning and an absorbing study of the tenuous hegemony that ruled the slave South. Recommended for Civil War, local, Southern, and general history collections.-- Thomas J. Davis, Univ. at Buffalo, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Jordan, a highly respected award-winning historian, presents an intensely detailed, over-interpreted work based on previously unknown primary sources about an 1861 slave revolt in Mississippi. These sources include testimony from some of the accused slaves, and diaries and letters of whites. The book describes the hanging of an estimated 40 slaves accused of plotting insurrection; they allegedly planned to murder their owners, to take the white women as wives, and to meet and join the Union armies. If other scholars interpret these stories as Jordan has done, this case may be added to the famed rebellions of Denmark Vesey, Nat Turner, and Toussaint L'Ouverture. Jordan takes a risk in accepting the stories of whites as recorded. He offers materials that may generate scholarly debate. He fails to suggest that torture may have distorted these records or that whites may have had other agendas that prompted their actions. Further assessment is needed to determine if this study will rank with the author's earlier works, White Over Black (1968) or White Man's Burden (1974). Recommended for collections on African American and Civil War history. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty. N. J. Hervey; Luther College

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