108Southern Cultures cussion of the most pertinent primary sources. He includes, as Appendixes A through Z, "all the documents I have found that bear directly on the conspiracy." His hesitation is prompted by a concern that readers might assume that these primary documents constitute everything necessary to understand what went on in Adams County in 1861. On the contrary, only a wide-ranging knowledge and deep understanding of nineteenth-century America could have enabled him to grasp the meaning of his sources and penetrate their silences. In a hauntingly eloquent epilogue entitled "A Separate Peace," Jordan reminds us that the Second Creek slaves were "people who mattered and who ought, like all people, to be taken seriously as such." That young archivist who so long ago brought a document to a visiting historian's attention is Margaret Fisher Dalrymple, now editor in chief of Louisiana State University Press. In her present capacity she presided over the publication of what, in Jordan's understatement, "turned into a somewhat longer study than originally anticipated." This brilliantly crafted and elegantly written work is a major contribution to historical scholarship, not merely because of the intrinsic significance of another abortive slave conspiracy, but mainly because of
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 4, 1994
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