Vincent Brown's book "Tacky's Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War" is a must read and game changer in terms of how I will approach history and critical theory.

What happens when we understand the history of Atlantic slavery as one of constant war -- like, actual war.
He really puts what I feel are unproductive debates about agency to rest -- cause I think a lot of them are tired.

Also, he doesn't craft an essential single story of the African, the enslaved, the free Black person or the Maroon.
He skillfully lays out the conflicts across and within groups in Africa, in Europe and the Americas.

This includes enslaved Africans, Maroons and American born enslaved in conflict with each other in Jamaica.
While I had some prior knowledge of various African leaders selling Africans to Europeans, I was less aware of the role of Maroons in capturing escapees and fighting to end slave insurrections.
If you can, please read Tacky's Revolt -- and know that them even calling it "Tacky's Revolt" was a way to make it seem isolated. He wasn't even the only major leader. What happened in Jamaica was a part of a long war.

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