Slave Revolts in Puerto Rico was first published in 1985 as Esclavos Rebeldes; as the preface to the English edition points out, the book caused a sensation in Puerto Rico when it first appeared. Baralt confronted head-on the facile assumption that slaves in Puerto Rico were more docile and less likely to revolt. Using historical records from a number of municipal and national archives, Baralt amply demonstrated that between 1795 and 1848 there were 22 documented conspiracies (imagined or not), attempted uprisings, and revolts on the island. At the time, the study was an important and welcome addition to a nascent field of research on slave revolts in the Americas. Today, although the study of slavery in Puerto Rico has lagged behind the excellent work done in other areas of the Americas, much has changed. Because the author and the editors did not take these changes into account, the...

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