Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Part 1: 1450-1750
Part 2: 1750-1805
<--Part 3: 1791-1831
Part 4: 1831-1865

Narrative | Resource Bank | Teacher's Guide



Historical Document
Rebel's statement from Gabriel's Conspiracy
1804

Resource Bank Contents



Click here for the text of this historical document.

On September 25, 1804, several years after the trials and executions of Gabriel and his fellow conspirators, Robert Sutcliff, a visitor to Virginia, noted the lingering specter of the insurrection.

Sutcliff recorded in his journal a story conveyed to him by a local lawyer. In the midst of his trial, an unnamed conspirator was said to have told his accusers, "I have nothing more to than what General Washington would have had to offer, had he been taken by the British and put to trial by them."

Sutcliff's journal, "Travels in Some Parts of North America, in the Years 1804, 1805, & 1806" was published in Philadelphia in 1812.




previous | next


Related Entries:
Gabriel's Conspiracy





Part 3: Narrative | Resource Bank Contents | Teacher's Guide

Africans in America: Home | Resource Bank Index | Search | Shop


WGBH | PBS Online | ©