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Enjoy the Same Liberty - Black Americans and the Revolutionary Era

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"What to the slave is the Fourth of July?," asked Frederick Douglass in 1852. In Enjoy the Same Liberty, Edward Countryman addresses Douglass's question. He shows how the American Revolution began the world-wide destruction of slavery, how black Americans who seized their chances for freedom during the Revolution changed both themselves and their epoch, and how their heirs, including Douglass, pondered what the Revolution meant for them. Thanks in good part to black people, what began as colonial tax protests became something of far greater significance. But this book also shows how that same Revolution led to an immensely powerful slave society in the South, so strong that destroying it required the cataclysm of the Civil War.

List of contents

Prologue: "Proud of My Country"
Chapter One: "Fire, Fire, Scorch, Scorch": Enslaved Africans in the Colonial World
Chapter Two: "The Same Principle Lives in Us": Black Colonial People and the Revolutionary Crisis
Chapter Three: "The Fruition of Those Blessings": Black People in the Emerging Republic
Chapter Four: "Now Our Mother Country": Black Americans and the Unfinished Revolution
Epilogue: "You May Rejoice, I Must Mourn": Slaves, Free Americans, and the Fourth of July
Bibliographical Essay
About the Author

About the author

By Edward Countryman - Series edited by Jacqueline M. Moore and Nina Mjagkij

Product details

Authors Edward Countryman
Assisted by Nina Mjagkij (Editor), Jacqueline Moore (Editor), Jacqueline M Moore (Editor), Jacqueline M. Moore (Editor)
Publisher Rowman and Littlefield
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 23.03.2014
EAN 9781442232815
ISBN 978-1-4422-3281-5
No. of pages 208
Series The African American History Series
African American History (Rowm
The African American Experience Series
The African American Experience Series
African American History (Rowm
African American Experience
Subjects Humanities, art, music > History > Regional and national histories
Non-fiction book > History > Miscellaneous

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