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Freedom and ResistanceA Social History of Black Loyalists in the Bahamas$
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Christopher Curry

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054476

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054476.001.0001

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Their Struggle with Freedom from Bondage

Their Struggle with Freedom from Bondage

(p.61) 2 Their Struggle with Freedom from Bondage
Freedom and Resistance

Christopher Curry

University Press of Florida

Chapter 2 explores the political activism of black loyalists as they fought for their freedom in Lord Dunmore’s “Negro Courts” established in Nassau and Abaco by 1787. The courts represented a rare and unprecedented public space where black men and women not only affirmed their rights as British subjects but contested counter-claims by white loyalists who were bent on re-enslaving them. Where legal redress failed, black loyalists turned to alternative strategies including flight and armed resistance. The Abaco rebellion of 1787–1788 demonstrates the multifaceted nature of black Loyalist political activism.

Keywords:   Negro Courts, Lord Dunmore, British subjects, political activism, rebellion

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