Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies and Sparked the American Revolution
"A radical, well-informed, and highly original reinterpretation of the place of slavery in the American War of Independence."-David Brion Davis, Yale University
In 1772, the High Court in London brought about the conditions that would end slavery in England by freeing a black slave from Virginia named Somerset. This decision began a key facet of independence.
Slave Nation is a fascinating account of the role slavery played in the drawing of the United States Constitution and in shaping the United States. At the Constitutional Convention, the South feared that the Northern states would leave the Convention over the issue of slavery. In a compromise, the Southern states agreed to slavery's prohibition north of the Ohio River, resulting in the Northwest Ordinance. This early national division would continue to escalate, eventually only reaching resolution through the Civil War.
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Review: Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies and Sparked the American RevolutionUser Review - Monte Lamb - Goodreads
The premise of the book is that an agreement between the northern colonies and the southern colonies in 1774 which said that slavery would be protected in the southern colonies in return for their ... Read full review
Review: Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies and Sparked the American RevolutionUser Review - Scott Ford - Goodreads
In 1772, the British High Court began the process of closing down the institution of slavery in England. This book proposes that the events that took place in England at this time convinced the ... Read full review
Somersets Journey Sparks the American Revolution
Virginia Responds to the Somerset Decision
The Virginia Resolution Unites the Colonies and Leads to the First Continental Congress in 1774
John Adams Supports the South on Slavery
The Colonies Claim Independence from Parliament
The Immortal Ambiguity All Men Are Created Equal
The Articles of Confederation Reject Somerset and Protect Slavery
Deadlock over Slavery in the Constitutional Convention
A SlaveFree Northwest Territory
Cementing the Bargain Ratification by Virginia and the First Congress
How Then Should We View the Founding Fathers?
Bibliography of Works Cited
The Lure of the West Slavery Protected in the Territories