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A curse upon the nation : race, freedom, and extermination in America and the Atlantic world

Author: Kay Wright Lewis
Publisher: Athens, GA : The University of Georgia Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"From the inception of slavery as a pillar of the Atlantic World economy, both Europeans and Africans feared their mass extermination by the other in a race war. In the United States, says Kay Wright Lewis, this ingrained dread nourished a preoccupation with slave rebellions and would later help fuel the Civil War, thwart the aims of Reconstruction, justify Jim Crow, and even inform civil rights movement strategy.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kay Wright Lewis
ISBN: 082035547X 9780820355474
OCLC Number: 1052874122
Description: 281 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the legacy and human cost of slavery --
"Nits make lice" : genocidal violence in colonial America --
A "state of war continued" : white fear, black warriors --
"The past is never dead" : the continuity of African and European warfare practices --
The abridgment of hope : after Nat Turner --
"In the hands of the master" : the Virginia debates --
Would have to "see his blood flow" : reopening the African slave trade --
John Brown's mistake : the power of memory and the dangers of violence --
Making "hell for a country" : the Civil War and post-Civil War era --
Epilogue : the "place for which our fathers sighed."
Other Titles: Race, freedom, and extermination in America and the Atlantic world
Responsibility: Kay Wright Lewis.

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From the inception of slavery, both Europeans and Africans feared their extermination by the other in a race war. In the US, says Kay Wright Lewis, this ingrained dread nourished a preoccupation with  Read more...

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Lewis draws from newspapers, political tracts, correspondence, and court documents to describe the perseverance of racialized fears from the early seventeenth century through the twentieth. The Read more...

 
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