American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan

African-American Studies / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
Tension throughout American history & national identity between slavery & freedom. Early issues, class system, Founding Fathers.

Edmund S. Morgan in his book American Slavery, American Freedom discusses the tension in the developing American identity between slavery and freedom, slavery for those brought to this country against their will and freedom for the white population. This tension can be traced through American history first as slavery itself existed and then as the aftermath of slavery created a black underclass that still suffers from the social, economic, and political situation created by the slave era. The fact that slavery was allowed at all in a new nation dedicated to human freedom and self-government remains a blot on American history. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and contributed to the U.S. Constitution, yet he also owned slaves. George Washington did as well, though he freed all of his slaves, while Jefferson did not…

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