New PDF release: A Curse upon the Nation: Race, Freedom, and Extermination in

By Kay Wright Lewis

ISBN-10: 082035127X

ISBN-13: 9780820351278

From the inception of slavery as a pillar of the Atlantic international economic climate, either Europeans and Africans feared their mass extermination through the opposite in a race battle. within the usa, says Kay Wright Lewis, this ingrained dread nourished a preoccupation with slave rebellions and could later aid gas the Civil battle, thwart the goals of Reconstruction, justify Jim Crow, or even tell civil rights circulation approach. And but, says Lewis, the historiography of slavery is all yet silent on extermination as a class of research. in addition, little of the prevailing sparse scholarship interrogates the black standpoint on extermination. A Curse upon the Nation addresses either one of those issues.

To clarify how this trust in an forthcoming race battle formed eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American politics, tradition, and trade, Lewis examines quite a lot of texts together with letters, newspapers, pamphlets, go back and forth bills, slave narratives, executive files, and abolitionist tracts. She foregrounds her readings within the lengthy list of exterminatory battle in Europe and its colonies, putting lopsided reprisals opposed to African slave revolts—or even rumors of revolts—in a continuum with prior brutal incursions opposed to the Irish, Scots, local american citizens, and different teams out of style with the empire. Lewis additionally indicates how extermination grew to become entwined with rules approximately race and freedom from early within the means of enslavement, making survival an incredible type of resistance for African peoples in America.

For African american citizens, enslaved and loose, the possibility of one-sided violence was once regularly current and deeply hectic. This groundbreaking learn reevaluates how extermination formed black realizing of the Atlantic slave exchange and the political, social, and monetary worlds during which it thrived.

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