Book cover of Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast by Marjoleine Karsby Marjoleine Kars

2021 Frederick Douglass Book Prize Finalist
Named One of the Best Books of the Year by NPR

A breathtakingly original work of history that uncovers a massive enslaved persons’ revolt that almost changed the face of the Americas

On Sunday, February 27, 1763, thousands of slaves in the Dutch colony of Berbice—in present-day Guyana—launched a massive rebellion which came amazingly close to succeeding. Surrounded by jungle and savannah, the revolutionaries (many of them African-born) and Europeans struck and parried for an entire year. In the end, the Dutch prevailed because of one unique advantage—their ability to get soldiers and supplies from neighboring colonies and from Europe. Blood on the River is the explosive story of this little-known revolution, one that almost changed the face of the Americas.

Interview with the Author

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Marjoleine Kars, “Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast” (New Press, 2020)
12/29/20        43 min

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Slave Rebellions
8/31/20        53 min

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Berbice: a slave rebellion that nearly succeeded
10/16/21           50 min

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