The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic

The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic

Peter Linebaugh


Winner of the foreign hard work heritage Award

Long prior to the yank Revolution and the announcement of the Rights of guy, a motley group of sailors, slaves, pirates, workers, marketplace ladies, and indentured servants had principles approximately freedom and equality that will eternally swap background. the numerous Headed-Hydra recounts their tales in a sweeping background of the function of the dispossessed within the making of the trendy world.

When an remarkable growth of exchange and colonization within the early 17th century introduced the 1st worldwide financial system, an enormous, assorted, and landless crew was once born. those staff crossed nationwide, ethnic, and racial barriers, as they circulated round the Atlantic international on exchange ships and slave ships, from England to Virginia, from Africa to Barbados, and from the Americas again to Europe.

Marshaling a powerful diversity of unique study from records within the Americas and Europe, the authors express how usual operating humans led dozens of rebellions on each side of the North Atlantic. The rulers of the day referred to as the multiethnic rebels a 'hydra' and brutally suppressed their risings, but a few of their principles fueled the age of revolution. Others, hidden from heritage and recovered right here, have a lot to educate us approximately our universal humanity.

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