Date of Award

Spring 2022

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Director of Thesis

Dr. Joshua Grace

First Reader

Dr. Doyle Stevick

Second Reader

Dr. Doyle Stevick


This paper is a historiographical exploration of freedom and the notion of thinkability through the lens of the Stono Revolt and Haitian Revolution. This paper builds upon extension scholarship of the thinkability of the Haitian Revolution and adds a transnational comparative element by looking for similarities with the earlier Stono Revolt. By exploring two historical events that are often ignored or misrepresented, this paper aims to analyze the ways in which slavery and enslaved individuals were viewed before and after such events. Such changes in perspective and rhetoric can aid in ascertaining the various ways these isolated moments of resistance had an ideological impact on colonial powers. This paper aims to provide an overview of attitudes and ideology concerning methods of slavery and enslavement and discuss the lived experiences of those who were enslaved, highlighting the methods of rebellion and resistance. This information can also be used to inform current-day decisions about the ways we educate ourselves on and discuss these topics, as well as the general importance of elevating the history of these events so they are no longer viewed as unthinkable or impossible.

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