The Forgotten Fifth: African Americans in the Age of Revolution

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Februar 2006



As the United States gained independence, a full fifth of the country's population was African American. Gary B. Nash reveals the experiences of these men and women who have been largely ignored in the accounts of the colonies' glorious quest for freedom.


Gary B. Nash is Professor of History Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles.


The Revolutionary generation in America did not end slavery that is a fact...Moreover, enslaved black Americans were not idle bystanders; they launched a resistance movement, which the author claims identifies them as black founding fathers. But this is not the lesson school children learn; they are taught what the slaveholding minority believed: that ending slavery meant disunion. This is the story eloquently told by Gary B. Nash in this book. Nash does not intend to destabilize history; rather, he wants to portray a more diverse picture of the United States (vii)...This skillful historian provides many examples of how African-Americans and their supporters engaged the fight for liberty to include all the people...His elegant prose makes the book accessible virtually to anyone interested in historical literature.--Stephen Middleton"The Historian" (06/01/2008)
EAN: 9780674021938
ISBN: 0674021932
Untertitel: 'Nathan I. Huggins Lectures'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2006
Seitenanzahl: 235 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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