Response for the Primary Source


Responsefor the Primary Source



Theslave revolt was printed in the Virginia Gazette in 1770. Thisdescription explains the violence of slavery and how a dramatictragedy occurred in a plantation in North Wales in Hanover Countybelonging to Bowler Cocke (Rind, 1770). This tragedy began becausethe master’s slave did not light the morning fire early enough asinstructed. The slave was asked to explain the cause of her latenessand instead gave an insulting answer leading to a fight between herand the master`s steward (Rind, 1770).

Thedisagreement between the steward and the slave drew attention ofother slaves that came into the rescue of their own, beating thesteward severely. The steward`s deputy fled to seek assistance fromthe white men. The slaves decided to tie up the steward with an oldman who was a servant of another neighboring white man and werebeaten thoroughly (Rind, 1770).

Thestewards came after some time with a group of fourteen white men whohad guns. The fear of rebellions had caused slave patrols and lawshad been passed demanding white people to carry guns all the time.Rebellion led to the destruction of crops during harvest and alsorobbing the white people their properties (Rind, 1770). I feel thatthe slaves had proceeded to the barn with the intention to eitherdestroy the farm building and livestock or steal.

Thefourteen white men threatened the Negroes that further led tofighting. It is not clear to say what happened next, but a good quoteis that the slaves rushed towards the white with an intention tofight them. It is evident that two whites and blacks were seriouslyinjured but not sure whether they succumbed to these injuries. Intotal, only five were injured, and the others fled.

Itis hard to imagine today how violent slavery was. Majority of slavesfeared violence from masters and masters feared slave revolts andthey knew that provoking slaves might ignite a spark (Rind, 1770).


VirginiaGazette (Rind), January 25, 1770. Retrieved from: