Friday, May 11, 2007

History: The Great Negro Plot

Today in history:

May 11, 1741
The execution of 31 Blacks and 4 Whites begins for their alleged conspiracy in the “Negro Plot”. 70 other enslaved Blacks are transported out of New York City.

Book on Subject: The Great Negro Plot: A Tale of Conspiracy and Murder in 18th-Century New York by Mat Johnson (2007).

I own a signed copy of Mat Johnson's book. I had a chance to attend his book reading in early spring. He seems like a really nice guy and I'm looking forward to reading his book. It's part of my summer line up. I have an idea of what I'll be reading this summer, but I need to "line" them up and get started. If you're like me you like to stay on the subject. In other words, if I'm reading about slave mutiny then I'll read about three other books on the subject. I don't know...I guess I'm hooked on African American history and the past. I mean, just look at my screen background at work. Yes, a field of good ol' southern cotton. I don't keep this picture as my background, but today was as good a day as any. Besides, it is part of my past and also part of my attire today because I'm wearing jeans. Enjoy your weekend. Peace~


Crankyputz said...

Another book to add to be 'to read' list

Stephen A. Bess said...

I know. :)The key is to stop buying books so that I can get rid of list. Enjoy your weekend.

JustMeWriting said...

oh wow...I'll have to check this out for sure...thanks for the head's up. I saw you on dc's page and liked your comment...

Stephen A. Bess said...

Thank you so much for stopping in. Please come back to visit. Take care.

Anonymous said...

Stephen, another book that sounds facinating. You teach us so much. Thank you. I did not know about The Great Negro Plot at all. I will check out his book as soon as I have a little extra money. Have a great weekend and Take Care!

Stephen A. Bess said...

Thank you. I know all about the little extra money. :)I stay in a used bookstore. Enjoy your weeekend. Peace~

Southern Me~ said...

I luv reading AA-History/Slavery. Keep me in touch with my ancestors. I'm going to add this book to my summer reading list.

Enjoy your weekend/ new blogger to your site, saw your link and luv your pov.

Stephen A. Bess said...

Ahh...a kindred spirit. :) I used to think that there was something wrong with me for loving that history. I found out that the love of that history is honoring the ancestors who lived it. Thanks again. Peace~

black feline said...

you have a clear mission in life...i like that...keeping the history which is a part of u...and a part of the entire human that the mistake(s) will not be committed again.. for us and all future generations!

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Tafari said...

Wow this sounds like a great read & you know this is right up my subject matter alley.

I hope we can get a comprehensive review from you.

Unfortunately, I am too scatter brained & n the go to buckle down with a book. As a matter of fact Simon & Schuster sent me a book last simmer to do a book review on & I am still reading. Sad: I know.


BronzeBuckaroo said...

Trust me, I can understand your desire for history, especially the history of our people. I know so much about Langston Hughes in particular that it just isn't funny.

Stephen A. Bess said...

Yes, history is so important. Thank you.

I think it will be. I'm looking forward to the read.

lol! I will do that once I finish. I know you're still looking for the review on Gaine's book. :)

Yes, you are my number one source on Langston.

Anonymous said...

It's great to have books lined up for the summer and you have quite the topic- and I look forward to your reviews. Btw, I saw "Amazing Grace" Friday night. It was a moving story about an English idealist maneuvering his way through Parliament in 19th century England, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.

Icarus said...

After reading your meme post on your imperative, it makes pure sense that you have this one lined up. Me? I'm just determined to finish Rolf Hochhuth's 'A German Love Story' as soon as my work allows (but I'd also like to blog & visit the friends more regularly like before too).
Hope you see what I left you down there and you'll come by & make the connection. Good to be here again! I always learn from you.

barbie said...

Thanks for taking the time to stop by Stephen. I just noticed Edwidge Danticat on your list of likes. I have Breath Eyes Memory and keep meaning to open it...If you've read it, let me know what you think...

Stephen A. Bess said...

Get Zapped-
Thanks. That is one to check out. I see I have some reviews to come up with as well. :)

Thank you so much. I plan to make my vocation my vacation before it's said and done.

Ms. Danticat is a brilliant writer. I've only read Krik Krak. I have more to read. I'm sure that it will confirm what I feel about her as a writer.