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American slavery, American freedom : the ordeal of colonial Virginia

Author: Edmund S Morgan
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2003.
Edition/Format:   book_printbook : Biography : English : Norton paperback ed., 2003View 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: 039332494X 9780393324945
OCLC Number: 52696637
Description: x, 454 pages : map ; 24 cm
Contents: BOOK I: THE PROMISED LAND: Dreams of liberation ; The lost colony ; Idle Indian and lazy Englishman ; The Jamestown fiasco ; The persistent vision ; Boom --
BOOK II: A NEW DEAL: Settling down ; Living with death ; The trouble with tobacco ; A golden fleecing --
BOOK III: The volatile society: The losers ; Discontent ; Rebellion ; Status quo --
BOOK IV: SLAVERY AND FREEDOM: Toward slavery ; Toward racism ; Toward populism ; Toward the republic --
Appendix: Population growth in Seventeenth-Century Virginia.
Responsibility: Edmund S. Morgan.
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"Profoundly important... Every page of Morgan's book speaks of a sensitive understanding of human nature, as well as of a scrupulous attention to scholarly exactitude." -- J.H. Plumb

 
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