By Edmund S. Morgan
"Thoughtful, suggestive and hugely readable."—New York occasions ebook 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 mentioning independence. Virginians drafted not just the announcement but additionally the structure and the invoice of Rights; they have been elected to the presidency of the USA below that structure for thirty-two of the 1st thirty-six years of its life. They have been all slaveholders. within the new preface Edmund S. Morgan writes: "Human kin between us nonetheless be afflicted by the previous enslavement of a big element of our predecessors. the liberty of the unfastened, the expansion of freedom skilled within the American Revolution depended greater than we adore to confess at the enslavement of greater than 20 percentage folks 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 ebook. American Slavery, American Freedom is a research of the tragic contradiction on the middle of the United States. Morgan unearths the keys to this primary paradox, "the marriage of slavery and freedom," within the humans and the politics of the country that used to be either the birthplace of the Revolution and the biggest slaveholding kingdom within the country.
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