The Merrill-Cazier Library is showcasing all of the 2012 Faculty Authors and their books in the Richard Schockmel USU Collections Room on the 2nd floor of the Library. We are proud of USU's faculty authors! This week we are highlighting:Michael Nicholls,
Professor Emeritus, Department of HistoryNicholls, Michael L., 2012. Whispers of Rebellion: Narrating Gabriel's Conspiracy (Carter G. Woodson Institute Series). Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press.
An ambitious if ultimately unrealized plan to revolt that ended in the conviction and hanging of over two dozen men, Gabriel's Conspiracy of 1800 sought nothing less than to capture the capital city of Richmond and end slavery in Virginia. In his examination of the slave Gabriel and his group of insurgents, revealing the area's economic and familial ties, the geographic proximity of the key conspirators, and how their contacts allowed their plan to spread across three counties and into the cities of Richmond and Petersburg. He explores under-documented aspects of the conspiracy, such as the participants' recruitment and motives, showing them to be less ideologically driven than previously supposed.