By Edmund S. Morgan
"Thoughtful, suggestive and hugely readable."—New York instances booklet Review
In the yank Revolution, Virginians have been the main eloquent spokesmen for freedom and caliber. George Washington led the americans in conflict opposed to British oppression. Thomas Jefferson led them in pointing out independence. Virginians drafted not just the assertion but additionally the structure and the invoice of Rights; they have been elected to the presidency of the U.S. less than that structure for thirty-two of the 1st thirty-six years of its lifestyles. They have been all slaveholders. within the new preface Edmund S. Morgan writes: "Human relatives between us nonetheless be afflicted by the previous enslavement of a big component of our predecessors. the liberty of the loose, the expansion of freedom skilled within the American Revolution depended greater than we adore to confess at the enslavement of greater than 20 percentage people at the moment. How republican freedom got here to be supported, at the very least largely, through its contrary, slavery, is the topic of this e-book. American Slavery, American Freedom is a learn of the tragic contradiction on the middle of the United States. Morgan reveals the keys to this important paradox, "the marriage of slavery and freedom," within the humans and the politics of the country that was once either the birthplace of the Revolution and the most important slaveholding nation within the country.
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American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia by Edmund S. Morgan