I have to say that this is one of my all time favorite books. The book was written by Jill Lapore and takes place during the 1700's. The whole book takes place during a few weeks during Manhattan's brutal winter. As the winter became even more frigid, fires started blazing in the city and the whites began to fear a slave uprising.
The city of Manhattan was extremely rich in culture, but the social and political environment did not favor the black race. As a result of the uprising, the whites burned blacks at the stake and hung a large number of black men. Black women were placed into a dungeon below the city hall. The whites desperately feared the blacks during this time period that they banded together and formed a society in which whites dominated the city. This book is based on a conspiracy, but Lapore did do an ample amount of research to make the account of the Manhattan fires during the 1740's very plausible.