By Edmund S. Morgan
"Thoughtful, suggestive and hugely readable."—New York instances e-book Review
In the yank Revolution, Virginians have been the main eloquent spokesmen for freedom and caliber. George Washington led the american citizens in conflict opposed to British oppression. Thomas Jefferson led them in stating independence. Virginians drafted not just the statement but in addition the structure and the invoice of Rights; they have been elected to the presidency of the USA less than 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 relatives between us nonetheless be afflicted by the previous enslavement of a big part of our predecessors. the liberty of the unfastened, the expansion of freedom skilled within the American Revolution depended greater than we love to confess at the enslavement of greater than 20 percentage folks at the moment. How republican freedom got here to be supported, a minimum of largely, through its contrary, slavery, is the topic of this e-book. American Slavery, American Freedom is a research of the tragic contradiction on the center of the United States. Morgan unearths the keys to this vital paradox, "the marriage of slavery and freedom," within the humans and the politics of the nation that used to be either the birthplace of the Revolution and the most important slaveholding nation within the country.
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