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 pointing out independence. Virginians drafted not just the assertion but in addition the structure and the invoice of Rights; they have been elected to the presidency of the U.S. lower 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 element of our predecessors. the liberty of the loose, 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, no less than largely, through its contrary, slavery, is the topic of this ebook. American Slavery, American Freedom is a examine of the tragic contradiction on the center of the USA. Morgan unearths the keys to this significant paradox, "the marriage of slavery and freedom," within the humans and the politics of the nation that was once either the birthplace of the Revolution and the most important slaveholding country within the country.

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