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by Ruth G. Blumrosen,Alfred W. Blumrosen

"A radical, well-informed, and highly original reinterpretation of the place of slavery in the American War of Independence."-David Brion Davis, Yale UniversityIn 1772, the High Court in London brought about the conditions that would end slavery in England by freeing a black slave from Virginia named Somerset. This decision began a key facet of independence.Slave Nation is a fascinating account of the role slavery played in the drawing of the United States Constitution and in shaping the United States. At the Constitutional Convention, the South feared that the Northern states would leave the Convention over the issue of slavery. In a compromise, the Southern states agreed to slavery's prohibition north of the Ohio River, resulting in the Northwest Ordinance. This early national division would continue to escalate, eventually only reaching resolution through the Civil War.
Download Slave Nation: How Slavery United The Colonies And Sparked The American Revolution epub
ISBN: 1402204000
ISBN13: 978-0760778777
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Ruth G. Blumrosen,Alfred W. Blumrosen
Language: English
Publisher: Sourcebooks Inc (February 28, 2005)
Pages: 336 pages
ePUB size: 1299 kb
FB2 size: 1227 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 556
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This books weaves together British jurisprudence in the era preceding the American Revolution, events of the time, and legal doctrines created in the constitution, and, most importantly, shows how it was the institution of slavery, and its need to be LEGISLATED, as an Un-natural condition UNDER BRITISH LAW, which brought into being the legal doctrine of 'states' rights' as the states needed the RIGHT to legislate to protect their property, Slaves, which a leading British case had disallowed. A most important, one would say 'essential book' on the topics of slavery, legal history of the Constitution, and American legal history. It was written by a husband-wife team who spent most of their careers in New Jersey, Rutgers, I believe, working in the fields of civil rights, and equal employment and housing litigation and legislation. It is simple enough for advance junior college and high school readers, subtle and documented enough for college and even graduate law history classes. An ESSENTIAL READ in the fieldHoward M Romaine, Esq.
Slave Nation sheds new light on the role of slavery in the creation of the United States of America. The theory that the Somerset case of 1772 had an influence on the American Revolution is not new. In London Lord Mansfield ruled that slavery did not exist in England and that anyone stepping on English soil became free, in particular slaves from English colonies. However, the relative lack of mention of the slavery issue in the written record of events leading up to the Declaration of Independence in 1776 has led most historians to argue that this case, and slavery, were not important causes of the American Revolution. The Blumrosens make a strong case that Somerset was not a secondary cause, but the primary cause of the Revolution. The book should be required reading for all students of American history (and of how history can be warped for political purposes). Its demonstration that in 1772 there was little support for independence, but that the Somerset case propelled the Virginia elite - drug lords, slavers, and usually lawyers as well - to create the Committees of Correspondence, is a great piece of historical detective work.
Very few history teachers know of this fascinating interpretation of the coming of the Revolution. It reveals with meticulous documentation the connection between slavery and the forces moving the country toward independence. It also reveals the widespread investment of northerners in slavery and the slave trade. How ironic that the great commitment of the founders to the ideas of the Enlightenment ran concurrently with Americans deep commitment to slavery and that without that commitment the revolution might not have happened.
This book, Slave Nation, will surprise many readers about the central role of slavery in our nation's Revolutionary history and this book should deepen your appreciation about the distance we had to travel and for the nation we are becoming today.This book is a well written documented account of Slavery in America. Get one for yourself and you decide.
Much more believable than conventional narratives. Surprised to learn of John Adams' role in protecting slavery. A bit of unnecessary repetition.
I find this an interesting perspective on the reasons the southern colonies were reluctant to join the Revolution, while trying to fair the author comes across as somewhat bias in his approach. The book is worth reading and should be part of the history education our children receive as it does give a unique and different reason for the Revolution. Overall the book was great reading and enjoyable.
will change your thinking about the causes of the american war of independence.
This was a gift for a school book report