Class Conflict, Slavery, and the United States Constitution / Edition 2

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Overview

"Originally published in 1967, Class Conflict, Slavery, and the United States Constitution was among the first studies to identify the importance of slavery to the founding of the American Republic. Provocative and powerful, this book offers explanations for the movements and motivations that underpinned the Revolution and the early republic." "First, Staughton Lynd analyzes what motivated farm tenants and artisans during the period of the American Revolution. Second, he argues that slavery, and a willingness to compromise with slavery, were at the center of all political arrangements by the patriot leadership, including the United Stales Constitution. Third, he maintains that the historiography of the United States has adopted the mistaken perspective of Thomas Jefferson, who held that Southern plantation owners were merely victimized agrarians." This new edition reproduces the original Foreword by E. P. Thompson and includes a new Foreword by Robin L. Einhorn that examines Lynd's arguments in the context of forty years of subsequent scholarship.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521114844
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2009
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Staughton Lynd received his BA from Harvard College and his MA and PhD from Columbia University. He taught at Spelman College and at Yale University. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of more than a dozen books and has published articles in journals including the Journal of American History, the William and Mary Quarterly, and the Political Science Quarterly.

Robin Einhorn is a professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Forty Years Later: A New Foreword Robin L. Einhorn Einhorn, Robin L.

Foreword to the First Edition E. P. Thompson Thompson, E. P.

1 Introduction: Beyond Beard 3

Pt. 1 Class Conflict

2 Who Should Rule at Home? Dutchess County, New York, in the American Revolution 25

3 The Tenant Rising at Livingston Manor, May 1777 63

4 The Mechanics in New York Politics, 1774-1785 79

5 A Governing Class on the Defensive: The Case of New York 109

Pt. 2 Slavery

6 On Turner, Beard, and Slavery 135

7 The Abolitionist Critique of the United States Constitution 153

8 The Compromise of 1787 185

Pt. 3 The Economic Origins of Jeffersonian Historiography

9 Abraham Yates's History of the Movement for the United States Constitution 217

10 Beard, Jefferson, and the Tree of Liberty 247

Index 271

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