Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies and Sparked the American Revolution

Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies and Sparked the American Revolution

by Alfred Blumrosen, Ruth G. Blumrosen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1402206976

ISBN-13: 9781402206979

Pub. Date: 11/28/2006

Publisher: Sourcebooks

"A radical, well-informed, and highly original reinterpretation of the place of slavery in the American War of Independence."-David Brion Davis, Yale University

In 1772, the High Court in London brought about the conditions that would end slavery in England by freeing a black slave from Virginia named Somerset. This decision began a key facet of

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"A radical, well-informed, and highly original reinterpretation of the place of slavery in the American War of Independence."-David Brion Davis, Yale University

In 1772, the High Court in London brought about the conditions that would end slavery in England by freeing a black slave from Virginia named Somerset. This decision began a key facet of independence.

Slave Nation is a fascinating account of the role slavery played in the drawing of the United States Constitution and in shaping the United States. At the Constitutional Convention, the South feared that the Northern states would leave the Convention over the issue of slavery. In a compromise, the Southern states agreed to slavery's prohibition north of the Ohio River, resulting in the Northwest Ordinance. This early national division would continue to escalate, eventually only reaching resolution through the Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402206979
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments -
Introduction by Eleanor Holmes Norton -

Chapter 1. Somerset's Journey Sparks the American Revolution
Chapter 2. The Tinderbox -
Chapter 3. Virginia Responds to the Somerset Decision -
Chapter 4. The Virginia Resolution Unites the Colonies and Leads to the First Continental Congress in 1775 -
Chapter 5. John Adams Supports the South on Slavery -
Chapter 6. Colonies Claim Independence from Parliament -
Chapter 7. The Immortal Ambiguity: "All Men Are Created Equal"
Chapter 8. The Articles of Confederation Reject Somerset and Protect Slavery -
Chapter 9. The Lure of the West: Slavery Protected in the Territories -
Chapter 10. Deadlock over Slavery in the Constitutional Convention -
Chapter 11. A Slave-Free Northwest Territory -
Chapter 12. Cementing the Bargain: Ratification by Virginia and the First Congress -
Chapter 13. How Then Should We View the Founding Fathers? -
In Memoriam: "Requiem" by Barbara Chase-Riboud -
Bibliography -
Notes -
Index -

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