Death or Liberty
In Death or Liberty, Douglas R. Egerton offers a sweeping chronicle of African American history stretching from Britain's 1763 victory in the Seven Years' War to the election of slaveholder Thomas Jefferson as president in 1800.
While American slavery is usually identified with the cotton plantations, Egerton shows that on the eve of the Revolution it encompassed everythi
In this 2009 monograph, Douglas Egerton does not dispute Johnson's underlyi ...more
Had good tidbits of information but was awfully dry... but then again I'm not really a history reader, more of a historical fiction reader.
What really annoyed me was how poorly written it was. Egerton often wrote something and then repeated it almost word for word a paragraph or page latter, as if he forgot he said it already.
The title is witty, but there is nothing in this book that cannot be found in other books. I would suggest Wilkin's Jefferson's Pillow i ...more
One interesting note: in the northern states slavery seems to have been mostly an urban rather than a rural phenomenon.