Kathryn Benjamin Golden

May 19, 2021

Armed in the Great Swamp

Fear, Maroon Insurrection, and the Insurgent Ecology of the Great Dismal Swamp

Journal of African American History 2021

In 2021, we are inundated with daily images of racial terror, state violence, and technologies of punishment showing pictures of broken down, beleaguered, and deceased Black people’s bodies, especially in Virginia and North Carolina. But state approved terror never gets the last word. In Kathryn Benjamin Golden’s 2021 Journal of African American History article "'Armed in the Great Swamp': Fear, Maroon Insurrection, and the Insurgent Ecology of the Great Dismal Swamp", we learn how enslaved people in Southeast Virginia and Northeast North Carolina utilized the “insurgent ecology” of the Great Dismal Swamp as a critical site to strategize for and enact rebellion. Enjoy the conversation!

Dr. Kathryn Benjamin Golden is an assistant professor of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware.

Adam Xavier McNeil is a PhD Candidate in Early African American History at Rutgers University.

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