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The World of Thomas Jeremiah: Charles Town on the Eve of the American Revolution

William R. Ryan


At around noon on August 18, 1775, the rain in Charles Town finally relented. A crowd converged, and a black man was hanged and set on fire. In a slave society where labor was sometimes extracted by coercion and the fear of capital punishment, spectacles of violence were nothing new. Such displays had been witnessed before and would be seen again in the years leading up to South Carolina's “Second War for Independence.” However, this man was unique. As one of a select group of harbor pilots working the Low Country waters, he was well positioned to help the Royal Navy mount a full‐scale invasio ... More

Keywords: race, class, American Revolution, African‐American history, maritime history, Thomas Jeremiah, South Carolina

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195387285
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387285.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William R. Ryan, author
Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina