“We Shall Never Be Quite Safe”


in Black and White Manhattan

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195165371
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199871735 | DOI:
“We Shall Never Be Quite Safe”

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This chapter investigates examples of insubordination, ranging from the unruly behavior of the city's laboring class in the streets, marketplaces, dock areas, and taverns to the remarkable bids for freedom on the part of runaway servants and slaves. It points out that the largely unregulated population flows moving in and out of the port of New York compounded the problem of policing the city's servile population. It notes that the British war policy marked the abandonment of the long-standing disciplinary mechanism of governing the rulers and the majority settler population by cultivating a shaded interest between the rulers and the ruled in subjugation of the black population.

Keywords: colonialism; New York City; servile population; British war; war policy; black population

Chapter.  10965 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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