Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan

New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century ManhattanNew York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan by Jill Lepore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a scholarly work not written to entertain.

It's an interesting look at slavery in Manhattan, the fear of slave uprisings that gripped the city and the conspiracy that resulted in thirteen black men being burned at the stake, seventeen being hanged and more than one hundred black men and women being thrown into a dungeon beneath City Hall.


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When all the Northerners blather on about boycotting Mississippi because we have the Confederate Battle Flag in the corner of our State Flag and slavery I wonder if they even realize that slavery flourished under the United States Flag, not just in the South but in New York and other Northern States too.  

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Fugitive (Theodore Boone, #5)

The Fugitive (Theodore Boone, #5)The Fugitive by John Grisham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While on a school field trip to D.C. Theo spots Pete Duffy, after contacting his Uncle Ike the FBI is brought in and Duffy is apprehended. With the testimony of illegal immigrant Bobby Escobar Duffy is sure to be convicted. Duffy's lawyer's hired goons try to scare Bobby off, but at the last minute Bobby shows up for the trial. After the jury hears Bobby's testimony, Duffy pleads guilty to his wife's murder and is sentenced to life in prison.

Ike, Theo and Bobby share the reward for Duffy's arrest and conviction.

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