Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 633
- Aug 31, 2020 6:00 pm
- 52:46 mins
Berbice Rebellion Guest: Marjoleine Kars, Associate Professor, History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and author, “Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast” In 1763, in the midst of a pandemic, slaves in modern-day Guyana rebelled against harsh working conditions. The founders of the rebellion conscripted other wary slaves and set up their own government, led by Governor Coffij, a charismatic enslaved man who set about negotiating with the Dutch colonialists. The rebels were successful for a while, and their efforts foreshadowed revolutionary movements throughout the Western world. The Reverse Underground Railroad Guest: Richard Bell, Associate Professor, History, University of Maryland, and author, "Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home" The early 1800s were a dangerous time for free African-Americans. Although Pennsylvania was a free state, kidnappers wandered the streets of Philadelphia, snatching people to be sold into slavery in the South. Author and historian Richard Bell tells the story of five free boys captured to be sold into slavery and their incredible journey home.