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Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood: The Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823 Paperback – 1 Jan 1997

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  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (1 Jan. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195106563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195106565
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 2.7 x 15.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 785,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood Emilia Viotti da Costa tells the story of the Demerara slave rebellion of 1823, and she tells it very well. Her narrative, vividly written, utilizes multiple sources to tell the story from different points of view. Her book comes out of a tradition of writing inspired both by marxist and nationalist historiographies and has none of the trappings of a postcolonial text. The older questions of historical determination, of causality and of agency meet the new agendas of cultural history in a deeply satisfying narrative. (History Workshop Journal)

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A native of Brazil, Emilia Viotti da Costa is Professor of History at Yale University, and the author of The Brazilian Empire: Myths and Histories.

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This tale is mostly based on the testimonies of the planters and missionaries as well as periodicals and journals of the time. Despite the harshness of the system, the slaves showed themselves to be very humane in the treatment of the owners, drivers and others they subdued during the insurrection. Unfortunately the reprisals enacted upon the slaves after the rebellion failed were violent and done to the show that the system should never be challenged. It would have been useful to gain some insight into what was in the minds of the slaves both before and after these events. Still this book contains some good analysis of the causes of the rebellion of 1823.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan. 1999
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The topic of African slavery in the Caribbean has produced some very mixed writing - some of it neglecting the truly international dimensions of the subject, and some of it frankly so biased as to be useless for scholarly purposes.
'Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood' is an account by a Yale University professor (her own roots are in Brasil) of an important slave rebelllion which took place in what is now Guyana. It is a strikingly intelligent, well-balanced, scholarly history, but at the same time the author has managed to infuse the narrative with a great deal of passion and imagination in the best possible sense - I mean that she has clearly attempted to put herself in the place of ALL the participants - slave-owners as well as individual slaves and missionaries - and in doing so has created a well-rounded and fascinating work.
The author has also done a fine job of intergrating the story of events in the Caribbean with West African history and with contemporary debates about slavery (and the role of nonconformists in those debates) in England.
The production values of the book are good (especially given the low price); the documentation is helpful, although a few more maps would have been welcome.
My only real complaint is that the author's style is at times marred by annoying academic ticks - too many words in inverted commas for no good reason, too many rather dated references to Foucault et al, a bit too much repetition and spelling-out of the obvious. This is sad, because at other points in the book her writing is memorably good.
With that one reservation, this book is clearly valuable both as a reference work and as a work to be read for its own inherent interest.
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I received my purchase very quickly and was impressed with the quality of the book and the service. The book was a fascinating read, thanx.
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Seminal work..... 16 Mar. 2013
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The writer has done a stellar job of demystifying the events surrounding this rebellion. She painted an elaborate picture of the social, economic, religious and political underpinnings which informed the thought processes of the planters, the bureaucracy (in Demerara and Europe) AND the slaves - that largely forgotten and /or ignored constituency.

This is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the effects of the slave trade on ALL of its participants. It gives voice to those unwilling participants who had hitherto been referenced only in passing - if at all. It imbues the slaves with a level of humanity that is often overlooked by other writers, and sees the event not merely from the traditional Euro-centric standpoint.

Make no mistake about it, this book is a tough read, and tugs at some very visceral emotions. But it's also a bit of a page turner - you REALLY want to know what happens next.....
excellent condition 27 Mar. 2014
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perfect condition for a used book. seemed like it was never used and just sat on someone's bookshelf. love it
The brutality of the colonists 12 Mar. 2014
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So far , the book gives a full and step by step view of the tribulations of the slaves. Highly recommended.
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