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Self-evident truths : contesting equal rights from the Revolution to the Civil War

Author: Richard D Brown
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How did Americans in the generations following the Declaration of Independence translate its lofty ideals into practice? In this broadly synthetic work, distinguished historian Richard Brown shows that despite its founding statement that "all men are created equal," the early Republic struggled with every form of social inequality. While people paid homage to the ideal of equal rights, this ideal came up against  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard D Brown
ISBN: 9780300197112 030019711X
OCLC Number: 953985617
Description: x, 387 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: The Declaration of Independence and the mystery of equality --
Contending for religious equality --
Equal justice for Irishmen and other foreigners --
People of color and the promise betrayed --
People of color and equal rights : New England cases --
Subordinate citizens : women and children --
Equal rights and unequal people --
Equal rights, privilege, and the pursuit of inequality.
Responsibility: Richard D. Brown.

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Self- Evident Truths is the winner of the 2018 New England Historical Association (NEHA) book awardFinalist for the Sally and Morris Lasky Prize, established by the Center for Political History at Read more...

 
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