Songs of Resistance

This extract describing slave resistance in Tobago (see document reproduced above) concerns the planning of a revolt by enslaved people working in a boiler house, where sugar cane was made into sugar. It suggests how music might be used to convey meaning. The song 'Day for he O, Night a for we O…' appears to have contained an implicit threat, since - as this extract goes on to show - it was usually at night that slaves struck against their masters.

FO 705/108 pp. 66-67 (c. 1770s)





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