Michael Drexler: “Hurricanes and Slave Revolts” – April 18, 2007

Throughout the colonial and antebellum period, Anglo—Americans used a stunningly similarly conceptual vocabulary to describe both hurricanes and slave revolts, phenomena that at a basic level challenged colonial mastery. Is there a deeper connection here? What does the specific, seemingly redundant, and only speciously subtle deployment of a literary trope tell us about material and social being or the struggle to represent it?

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