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American slavery, American freedom : the ordeal of colonial Virginia : with a new introduction by the author

Author: Edmund S Morgan
Publisher: New York : History Book Club, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : Francis Parkman Prize edView all editions and formats
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The men who came together to found the independent United States either held slaves or were willing to join hands with those who did. George Washington, hero of the Revolution, was the master of several hundred slaves. Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, owned more than 200 men, women, and children while eloquently defending the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edmund S Morgan
ISBN: 0965727009 9780965727006
OCLC Number: 58800743
Notes: Originally published: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 1975.
Description: xv, 454 p. : map ; 24 cm.
Contents: The promised land: Dreams of liberation ; The lost colony ; Idle Indian and lazy Englishman ; The Jamestown fiasco ; The persistent vision ; Boom --
A new deal: Settling down ; Living with death ; The trouble with tobacco ; A golden fleecing --
The volatile society: The losers ; Discontent ; Rebellion ; Status quo --
Slavery and freedom: Toward slavery ; Toward racism ; Toward populism ; Toward the republic --
Appendix: Population growth in seventeenth-century virginia..
Other Titles: Ordeal of colonial Virginia
Responsibility: Edmund S. Morgan.

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The men who came together to found the independent United States either held slaves or were willing to join hands with those who did. George Washington, hero of the Revolution, was the master of several hundred slaves. Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, owned more than 200 men, women, and children while eloquently defending the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In this classic work, originally published in 1976, through a meticulous history of Virginia from its earliest settlement through the seventeenth century boom in tobacco, the gradual replacement of servitude with slavery, and the rise of republican ideology, historian Morgan reveals the deep and interlocking relationship between these seemingly contradictory ideas--From publisher description.

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