Natalie Zacek is Senior Lecturer in and Head of the Department of American Studies at the University of Manchester. She is the author of Settler Society in the English Leeward Islands, 1670–1776 (Cambridge University Press, 2010), which won the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize. She is currently working on a history of Thoroughbred horseracing in nineteenth-century America, with respect to relations between the North and the South and the United States and England.
This essay evaluates the significance of the website Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760–1761, which was created by Harvard historian Vincent Brown in order to both respond to and provoke questions regarding a series of interconnected slave uprisings and their eventual repression by Jamaica’s colonial government. Locating this digital resource within the technological and scholarly developments that made its creation both possible and desirable, the essay assesses the site’s value as a source for both undergraduate teaching and academic research, and offers some observations about the ongoing technological and intellectual development of the field of digital humanities.