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No property in man : slavery and antislavery at the nation's founding

Author: Sean Wilentz
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2019.
Series: Nathan I. Huggins lectures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Americans revere the Constitution even as they argue fiercely over its original toleration of racial slavery. Some historians have charged that slaveholders actually enshrined human bondage at the nation's founding. Sean Wilentz shares the dismay but sees the Constitution and slavery differently. Although the proslavery side won important concessions, he asserts, antislavery impulses also influenced the framers'  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Wilentz
ISBN: 9780674972223 0674972228 9780674241428 0674241428
OCLC Number: 1055612195
Description: xvii, 350 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Slavery, property, and emancipation in Revolutionary America --
The federal convention and the curse of heaven --
Slavery, antislavery, and the struggle for ratification --
To the Missouri Crisis --
Antislavery, the Constitution, and the coming of the Civil War.
Series Title: Nathan I. Huggins lectures.
Responsibility: Sean Wilentz.

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Driving straight to the heart of the most contentious issue in American history, Sean Wilentz argues controversially that, far from concealing a crime against humanity, the U.S. Constitution limited  Read more...

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Undeniably enlightening.--Kirkus Reviews (07/15/2018) What does Wilentz know that others have gotten so terribly wrong about the founding connection between slavery and racism? In his revealing and Read more...

 
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