da Costa, Emilia Viotti.
Title Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood: The Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823.
Publisher New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Seller ID 00237s
Octavo, navy blue cloth & boards (hardcover), xix, 378 pp. Near-Fine, in a Very Good+ dust jacket with very slight edgewear. Ò...Tells the riveting story of a pivotal moment in the history of slavery. Studying the complaints brought by slaves to the office of the Protector of Slaves, she reconstructs the experience of slavery through the eyes of the Demerara slaves themselves. Da Casta also draws on eyewitness accounts, official records, and private journals (most notable the diary of John Smith...), to paint a vivid portrait of a society in transistion, shaken to its foundations by the recent revolutions in America, France and Haiti. Smith and his wife, Jane, the planters and colonial politicians, and the leaders of the rebellion emerge as flesh-and-blood individuals, players trapped in a complex political game none of them could fully understand...She details the colonials's orgy of repression following the rebellion -- scores of slaves were sentenced more or less at random to grisly public executions and ritualistic floggings, and Smith died in his cell before news arrived that the Crown had granted him mercy -- and shows how it fueled the anti-slavery movement in Britain, leading to the abolishment of slavery in the colonies ten years later...An original and unforgettable book.Ó