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A curse upon the nation : race, freedom, and extermination in America and the Atlantic world

Author: Kay Wright Lewis
Publisher: Athens, GA : The University of Georgia Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the inception of slavery as a pillar of the Atlantic World economy, both Europeans and Africans feared their mass extermination by the other in a race war. In the United States, says Kay Wright Lewis, this ingrained dread nourished a preoccupation with slave rebellions and would later help fuel the Civil War, thwart the aims of Reconstruction, justify Jim Crow, and even inform civil rights movement strategy.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kay Wright Lewis
ISBN: 9780820351261 0820351261
OCLC Number: 1000521061
Description: 1 online resource (281 pages)
Contents: Introduction. The legacy and human cost of slavery --
"Nits make lice": genocidal violence in colonial America --
A "state of war continued": white fear, black warriors --
"The past is never dead": the continuity of African and European warfare practices --
The abridgment of hope: after Nat Turner --
"In the hands of the master": the Virginia debates --
Seeing their blood flow: reopening the African slave trade --
John Brown's mistake: the power of memory and the dangers of violence --
Making "hell for a country": the Civil War and post-Civil War era --
Epilogue. the "place for which our fathers sighed".
Other Titles: Race, freedom, and extermination in America and the Atlantic world
Responsibility: Kay Wright Lewis.

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"From the inception of slavery as a pillar of the Atlantic World economy, both Europeans and Africans feared their mass extermination by the other in a race war. In the United States, says Kay Wright Lewis, this ingrained dread nourished a preoccupation with slave rebellions and would later help fuel the Civil War, thwart the aims of Reconstruction, justify Jim Crow, and even inform civil rights movement strategy. And yet, says Lewis, the historiography of slavery is all but silent on extermination as a category of analysis. Moreover, little of the existing sparse scholarship interrogates the black perspective on extermination. A Curse upon the Nation addresses both of these issues."--Provided by publisher.

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