“Blazing Effects”: The 1605 Gunpowder Treason and the Rhetoric of Slave Conspiracy

  • Steven Bellomy
Part of the The New Urban Atlantic book series (NUA)


The story and commemorations celebrating the discovery of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot became intertwined with both real and imagined reports of eighteenth-century slave conspiracies. By familiarizing the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, annual Fifth of November commemorations provided a template for insurrectionary slaves and a rubric for rhetorically manufacturing supposed slave conspiracies. This chapter contributes to the growing body of scholarship devoted to the Gunpowder Plot’s influence in America by investigating the relationships between the plot’s formal legacy and fears of slave conspiracy in British America.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Bellomy
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  1. 1.Department of Language and LiteratureClarke UniversityDubuqueUSA

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