Book Planned On Bermudians & Revolution Age

October 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

The National Museum of Bermuda Press [NMB Press], in partnership with Community & Cultural Affairs, is working on publishing a booked titled Prudent Rebels: Bermudians and the First Age of Revolution by Bermudian historian Dr. Clarence Maxwell, with contributions from Dr. Theodore Francis II and Alexandra Mairs-Kessler.

A spokesperson said, “Bermuda’s history during the Age of Revolution [1774-1849] has been a period of interest for many. However, few publications have explored Bermudian involvement in the numerous conflicts and revolutions taking place during this time and none have thoroughly studied the role that black Bermudians played.

“The National Museum of Bermuda Press in partnership with Community & Cultural Affairs, Government of Bermuda is working on publishing a groundbreaking book, Prudent Rebels: Bermudians and the First Age of Revolution by renowned Bermudian historian Dr. Clarence Maxwell, with contributions from Dr. Theodore Francis II and Alexandra Mairs-Kessler in May 2019.”

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“To ensure publication of this critical text, the National Museum of Bermuda is seeking subscribers to help support the book. With a $250 subscription, your name will be printed in all copies of the publication, and you will receive a free copy of the book and an invitation to the book launch in May 2019.

“Prudent Rebels explores Bermudian history during the Age of Revolution, an era which saw the founding of the United States of America, the Haitian Revolution and the British abolition movement. This period of revolution introduced ideas of liberty and equality for all and transformed the face of politics throughout the Atlantic World.

“Dr. Maxwell contextualizes previously ignored Bermudian narratives within the Age of Revolution, examining the ways in which different groups of Bermudian mariners and merchants [enslaved and freed, black and white] used the events taking place to further their own prospects by growing their personal networks, purchasing their freedom, and increasing their social status through financial gain and land ownership.”

Elena Strong, Executive Director of the National Museum of Bermuda, said, “The National Museum is pleased to be working with Community & Cultural Affairs to publish this important work. We strive to make history accessible, relevant to our communities and reflect the diversity of Bermuda’s cultural heritage. Prudent Rebels sheds light on previously ignored narratives and helps foster a greater appreciation and recognition of the significant role Bermudians played in the development of the Atlantic World.”

“To support the book, you can contact advancement@nmb.bm; 234-1333 ex. 9108, pay online, [please select “Prudent Rebels Subscription from the drop-down], or download the subscription form here.”

The subscription form is available below [PDF here]:

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