by Peter Kolchin - £12.99 Penguin (1995)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780140241501 | ISBN 10: 0140241507
'Although Americans like to think that the United States was "conceived in liberty", writes Peter Kolchin, 'the reality is somewhat different...'
The crucial 'difference', of course, was slavery. Here he examines its roots in the colonial era, early racial attitudes, the new Revolutionary commitment to 'rights' and 'liberty', and the implicit boost given to salvery by a cautiously worded Constitution. Later chapters turn to the ideologies and social structures of the Old South, the nature of slave culture and communities, and finally the road to Abolition. Professor Kolchin brilliantly knits together research in all these areas to provide a lucid, vivid and humane overview that is fully alive to the complexities of the evidence.
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