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Slavery and Rebellion

Episode 19 of 30

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 11 April 2013

Slavery and Rebellion: Episode nineteen of a thirty-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Many slaves would have heard the sounds of home for the last time as they waited at Ghana's Gate of No Return to be herded onto a ship to the new world. Far away on the Carolina plantations, they were expected to be quiet or to sing to demonstrate contentment with their lot. But in 1739, one of the largest and most violent revolts in American history took place - and for a brief time the slaves were anything but silent.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex tells the story of the Stono River revolt.

Produced by: Matt Thompson
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.


Noise retold by Matthew Herbert

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The head of the New Radiophonic Workshop retells the Noise series using only the sounds.

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