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Race and Revolution
by Gary B. Nash
The most profound crisis of conscience for white Americans at the end of the eighteenth century became their most tragic failure. Race and Revolution is a trenchant study of the revolutionary generation's early efforts to right the apparent contradiction of slavery and of their ultimate compromises that not only left the institution intact but provided it with the protecti ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published January 1st 1990)
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If you ever thought that our Founding Fathers were exempt from responsibility for owning slaves you should read this book. There exists an old belief that our Founding Fathers (and the early American generation in general) were somehow naive and knew no better when it came to owning slaves. We tend to let them off the hook. There also exists a belief that the slaves themselves were too ignorant to understand the American Revolution and that they did not want their freedom. Gary Nash destroys all ...more
Nash truly changed a lot of misconceptions I had about slavery during the revolutionary period. Most notably I had always thought that to preserve the union the 3/5s compromise was necessary, however Nash's arguments that South Carolina and Georgia were not strong enough to hold out against the republic and that Abolition movements were strong during this period were really convincing. This book is well written and concise.
Gary B. Nash received his B. A. from Princeton University in 1955 and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1964. He earned the position of Director of the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he taught colonial and revolutionary American history since 1974. Nash has been the Director of the National Center for History in the Schools sinc 1994 and co ...moreMore about Gary B. Nash...