"A Rough, Saucy Set of Hands to Manage": Slave Resistance in Arkansas by ProQuest


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									             “A Rough, Saucy Set
            of Hands to Manage”:
         Slave Resistance in Arkansas
                                 KELLY HOUSTON JONES

IN 1853, AN ENSLAVED MAN named Nathan cried, “Shoot and be
damned!” when threatened by an overseer in Hempstead County, Ar-
kansas. The farm manager, James Martin, had been to town that morn-
ing, drinking and complaining about the insubordination of his
employer’s slaves. Seeking to make an example of Nathan, Martin had
demanded his shirt so that he could whip him. Nathan repeatedly re-
fused to submit and advanced toward Marti
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