American Slavery, American Freedom [NOOK Book]

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"Thoughtful, suggestive and highly readable."—New York Times Book Review


In the American Revolution, Virginians were the most eloquent spokesmen for freedom and quality. George Washington led the Americans in battle against British oppression. Thomas Jefferson led them in declaring independence. Virginians drafted not only the Declaration but also the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; they were elected to the presidency of the United States under that Constitution for ...
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Overview

"Thoughtful, suggestive and highly readable."—New York Times Book Review


In the American Revolution, Virginians were the most eloquent spokesmen for freedom and quality. George Washington led the Americans in battle against British oppression. Thomas Jefferson led them in declaring independence. Virginians drafted not only the Declaration but also the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; they were elected to the presidency of the United States under that Constitution for thirty-two of the first thirty-six years of its existence. They were all slaveholders. In the new preface Edmund S. Morgan writes: "Human relations among us still suffer from the former enslavement of a large portion of our predecessors. The freedom of the free, the growth of freedom experienced in the American Revolution depended more than we like to admit on the enslavement of more than 20 percent of us at that time. How republican freedom came to be supported, at least in large part, by its opposite, slavery, is the subject of this book. American Slavery, American Freedom is a study of the tragic contradiction at the core of America. Morgan finds the keys to this central paradox, "the marriage of slavery and freedom," in the people and the politics of the state that was both the birthplace of the Revolution and the largest slaveholding state in the country.
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J.H. Plumb - New York Review of Books
“Profoundly important.... Every page of Morgan's book speaks of a sensitive understanding of human nature, as well as of a scrupulous attention to scholarly exactitude.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393347517
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/8/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 477,623
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Edmund S. Morgan (1916–2013) was the Sterling Professor Emeritus at Yale University and the recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Pulitzer Prize, and the American Academy’s Gold Medal. The author of The Genuine Article; American Slavery, American Freedom; Benjamin Franklin; and American Heroes, among many others.
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Table of Contents

Map: Virginia in the Seventeenth Century
Acknowledgments
Preface to the second edition
Bk. I The Promised Land 1
1 Dreams of Liberation 3
2 The Lost Colony 25
3 Idle Indian and Lazy Englishman 44
4 The Jamestown Fiasco 71
5 The Persistent Vision 92
6 Boom 108
Bk. II A New Deal 131
7 Settling Down 133
8 Living with Death 158
9 The Trouble with Tobacco 180
10 A Golden Fleecing 196
Bk. III The Volatile Society 213
11 The Losers 215
12 Discontent 235
13 Rebellion 250
14 Status Quo 271
Bk. IV Slavery and Freedom 293
15 Toward Slavery 295
16 Toward Racism 316
17 Toward Populism 338
18 Toward the Republic 363
Footnote Abbreviations 389
App Population Growth in Seventeenth-Century Virginia 395
A Note on the Sources 433
Index 443
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