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William R. Ryan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387285

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387285.001.0001

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The Masters Were Still in Charge

The Masters Were Still in Charge

January 1776–August 1776

(p.131) 7 The Masters Were Still in Charge
The World of Thomas Jeremiah

William R. Ryan

Oxford University Press

This chapter illustrates how a mass exodus of slaves in Georgia (at Tybee Island) and a loyalist uprising in North Carolina hastened the drafting of an extremely conservative state constitution for South Carolina in March 1776. When the long‐anticipated British naval assault on Charles Town Harbor finally came on June 28, 1776, it was the skilled black navigators of South Carolina who piloted the Royal Navy ships over the bar. The “crime” that Thomas Jeremiah had been hanged and burned for just ten months earlier was carried out by a boatman named Sampson. Ironically, it was the insubordination of these pilots that ultimately led to Britain's humiliating defeat.

Keywords:   Tybee Island, South Carolina Constitution of 1776, Battle of Sullivan's Island, Harbor pilots, Sampson, Catawba Indians

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