Death Or Liberty: African Americans And Revolutionary America

Paperback | May 19, 2011

byDouglas R. Egerton

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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 antebellum cotton plantations, Egerton shows that on the eve of the Revolution it encompassed everything from wading in the South Carolina rice fields to carting goods around Manhattan to serving the households of Boston's elite. More important, herecaptures the drama of slaves, freed blacks, and white reformers fighting to make the young nation fulfill its republican slogans. Although this struggle often unfolded in the corridors of power, Egerton pays special attention to what black Americans did for themselves in these decades, and his narrative brims with compelling portraits of forgotten African American activists and rebels, who battled huge odds and succeeded infinding liberty - if never equality - only in northern states. Egerton concludes that despite the real possibility of peaceful, if gradual, emancipation, the Founders ultimately lacked the courage to end slavery.

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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 antebellum cotton plantations, Egerton shows that on the e...

Douglas R. Egerton is Joseph C. Georg Professor of History at Le Moyne College. His books include Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election that Brought on the Civil War.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 19, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Prologue: The Trials of William Lee: A Life in the Age of Revolution1. Equiano's World: The British Atlantic Empire in 17632. Richard's Cup: Slavery and the Coming of the Revolution3. The Transformation of Colonel Tye: Black Combatants and the War4. Quok Walker's Suit: Emancipation in the North5. Absalom's "Meritorious Service": Antislavery in the Upper South6. Captain Vesey's Cargo: Continuity in Georgia and the Carolinas7. Mum Bett Takes a Name: The Emergence of Free Black Communities8. Harry Washington's Atlantic Crossings: The Migrations of Black Loyalists9. A Suspicion Only: Racism in the Early Republic10. Eli Whitney's Cotton Engine: Expansion and RebellionEpilogue: General Gabriel's Flag: Unsuccessful Coda to the RevolutionNotes