American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia

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Norton, 1975 - Slavery - 454 pages
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In this study of the tragic contradiction at the heart of America, Edward Morgan looks for answers in the people and politics of Virginia - a state that was both the birthplace of the revolution and the largest slaveholding state in the country.

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Review: American Slavery, American Freedom

User Review  - Stephen Matlock - Goodreads

Very nimble and clear writing for such a book packed with data and narrative. The author argues that the experience of the Virgina colonies show the natural and inevitable rise in slavery as an American solution to a very real problem of labor shortages, excess capacity, and open markets. Read full review

Review: American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia

User Review  - Fredrick Danysh - Goodreads

A discussion of slavery and the American vision of freedom. Uses archaic language and is definitely anti-Catholic and pro-Protestant. The small print makes it difficult to read but never the less a good history of English Protestant America. Read full review

About the author (1975)

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Edmund Morgan spent most of his youth in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was educated at the Belmont Hill School, Harvard, and the London School of Economics. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1942 and three years later began his teaching career at the University of Chicago.From there he moved first to Brown University and then to Yale, where he became Sterling Professor in 1965 and emeritus in 1986. Morgan's historical writings greatly enhance our understanding of such complex aspects of the American experience as Puritanism, the Revolution, and the relationship between slavery and racism. At the same time, they captivate readers in the classroom and beyond. His work is a felicitous blend of rigorous scholarship, imaginative analysis, and graceful presentation. Although sometimes characterized as the quintessential Whig historian, in reality Morgan transcends simplistic categorization and has done more, perhaps, than any other historian to open new and creative paths of inquiry into the meaning of the early American experience.

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