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Slavery, Propaganda, and the American Revolution

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A study of how blacks were excluded from the Revolutionary patriots' goals for American liberation
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Based on a thorough reading of 18th-century pamphlets and newspapers plus an impressive array of secondary works, this book offers an important new interpretation of American attitudes about slavery and blacks during the Revolutionary era. Bradley demonstrates that by the late 1760s Samuel Adams was the top agent directing the patriot press and that the press largely ignored the slavery issue. When black servants or slaves were mentioned at all, the patriot press usually portrayed them as deceitful, unreliable, or dangerous. There were many antislavery crusaders during the period, but their pamphlets and newspapers did not have the same circulation as the major patriot organs. Moreover, antislavery groups like the Quakers were suspected of being sympathetic to Britain, which weakened their influence on the broad American public. This original study is highly recommended for academic and large public libraries.--Thomas J. Schaeper, St. Bonaventure Univ., NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578062119
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Ch. 1 The Metaphor of Slavery 1
Ch. 2 Slave Advertising: The Colonial Context 25
Ch. 3 Flames for the Cause 45
Ch. 4 The Somerset Case 66
Ch. 5 The Voices of Antislavery 81
Ch. 6 Shame and Guilt in the Garden of the Innocent 99
Ch. 7 The Newspaper Debate 116
Ch. 8 Insurrection 132
Conclusion: Propaganda and Patriotism 154
Works Cited 159
Index 177
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