Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America

Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America

by Douglas R. Egerton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195306694

ISBN-13: 9780195306699

Pub. Date: 01/13/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In Death or Liberty, Douglas R. Egerton offers a sweeping chronicle of African American history stretching from Britain's 1763 victory in the Seven Years' War to the election of slaveholder Thomas Jefferson as president in 1800. While American slavery is usually identified with antebellum cotton plantations, Egerton shows that on the eve of the Revolution it

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In Death or Liberty, Douglas R. Egerton offers a sweeping chronicle of African American history stretching from Britain's 1763 victory in the Seven Years' War to the election of slaveholder Thomas Jefferson as president in 1800. While American slavery is usually identified with antebellum cotton plantations, Egerton shows that on the eve of the Revolution it encompassed everything from wading in the South Carolina rice fields to carting goods around Manhattan to serving the households of Boston's elite. More important, he recaptures the drama of slaves, freed blacks, and white reformers fighting to make the young nation fulfill its republican slogans. Although this struggle often unfolded in the corridors of power, Egerton pays special attention to what black Americans did for themselves in these decades, and his narrative brims with compelling portraits of forgotten African American activists and rebels, who battled huge odds and succeeded in finding liberty—if never equality—only in northern states. Egerton concludes that despite the real possibility of peaceful, if gradual, emancipation, the Founders ultimately lacked the courage to end slavery.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195306699
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/13/2009
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Trials of William Lee: A Life in the Age of Revolution
One: Equiano's World: The British Atlantic Empire in 1763
Two: Richard's Cup: Slavery and the Coming of the Revolution
Three: The Transformation of Colonel Tye: Black Combatants and the War
Four: Quok Walker's Suit: Emancipation in the North
Five: Absalom's "Meritorious Service": Antislavery in the Upper South
Six: Captain Vesey's Cargo: Continuity in Georgia and the Carolinas
Seven: Mum Bett Takes a Name: The Emergence of Free Black Communities
Eight: Harry Washington's Atlantic Crossings: The Migrations of Black Loyalists
Nine: A Suspicion Only: Racism in the Early Republic
Ten: Eli Whitney's Cotton Engine: Expansion and Rebellion
Epilogue: General Gabriel's Flag: Unsuccessful Coda to the Revolution
Notes
Prologue: The Trials of William Lee: A Life in the Age of Revolution
1. Equiano's World: The British Atlantic Empire in 1763
2. Richard's Cup: Slavery and the Coming of the Revolution
3. The Transformation of Colonel Tye: Black Combatants and the War
4. Quok Walker's Suit: Emancipation in the North
5. Absalom's "Meritorious Service": Antislavery in the Upper South
6. Captain Vesey's Cargo: Continuity in the Carolinas and Caribbean
7. Mum Bett Takes a Name: The Emergence of Free Black Communities
8. Harry Washington's Atlantic Crossings: The Migrations of Black Loyalists
9. A Suspicion Only: Racism in the Early Republic
10. Eli Whitney's Cotton Engine: The Expansion of Slavery
11. General Gabriel's Flag: Unsuccessful Coda to the American Revolution

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