Maroon Communities in South Carolina
Lockley (history, U. of Warwick, UK) unearths the documentary history of the maroons--communities of runaway slaves who managed to establish themselves outside of plantation society--in South Carolina in the 18th and early 19th centuries. He finds that marronage was far more widespread (at least prior to 1830) than previous historians of slavery have realized and that it was seen by plantation society as a significant threat to its peace and security. He looks at the major incidents of marronage and the strategies by which the slaveholders sought to confront maroon activity, primarily through the chronological presentation and contextualization of primary source documents. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
a documentary record
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