Stono Rebellion

Written by white journalists, the two accounts on Stono Rebellion was written to not to give a quick history lesson on what can be read off of Wikipedia. The accounts were written to point out, if any, the differences between the two stories that were told by two different races, which could put their stories in different perspectives as well. However, between the Family Account story and the unidentified white official account of the Stono Rebellion, the details of how it started, who was killed, when it happened, and where it happened didn’t seem to have much differences as I thought it would. I expected for the white official account of the rebellion to have taken the event into an over-exaggerated rebellion and paint it as a mass cold blooded murder, but it didn’t. In both accounts, the killings were accurate and the death toll was nearly the same. Meaning that, the Stono Rebellion was astoundingly frightening, to both the white Americans and the slaves, that no one could exaggerate or twist the story it any further.

Bottom line, the story that these two accounts create is a retaliation of angry laborers. Years and decades of mistreatment and unfairness finally drove a group of twenty slaves to lash out and let the white men get a taste of their own brutal medicine. America was in a dark and violent hole that didn’t seem to have an end to. I just wonder now, why is it that the slaves didn’t rebel earlier? Was it fear? Loyalty? Was their life worth decades and centuries of pain and suffering? And with that, if slaves did rebel earlier in our history, how could have things changed today? How could have discrimination and poverty been different?


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