Dilemmas Americans Faced When Creating a New Country in Gary Nash's "Race and Revolution"
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This paper reviews and analyzes Gary Nash's book, "Race and Revolution," which is meant to present people with the dilemmas that Americans had to face when trying to create a new country. The book describes the failure of the first abolitionist movement in the U.S. to end the institution of slavery when the nation was founded. Nash points out that slavery contradicted with the very principles of the republican government of the time, further noting that Americans were aware of this. Additionally, Nash describes how slavery was a topic of debate at the time of the Revolution, based on ideological and financial concerns. The paper concludes by stating that "Race and Revolution" is a book that condemns the Founding Fathers and the North for having accepted slavery as a necessary institution and for the fact that they did not go through great efforts in order to end the torment that has lasted for almost another century, as they did in different other domains of the public life
From the Paper:"The fact that historians have maniested the tendency to avoid the subject until the recent decades is somewhat curious. By not mentioning the Founding Fathers' role in slavery, historians have managed to lead people in thinking that the people that founded the country had been too naive to have a word in the whole slavery story.
"According to Nash, none of the notable politicians from the period took any real interest in doing something to end slavery. At the time, politicians presumably believed that abolition would only succeed in raising the spirits among the revolutionaries. Apparently, politicians kept their eyes closed when concerning slavery and its abolition. Even in spite of the fact that the American leaders did not take any measures to combat the immorality, the people often expressed their will to abolish slavery. The American Revolutionary War had been the perfect moment for people to take action. However, because they had to act according to their leaders, no serious actions had been taken in order to end slavery."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Nash, Gary B. (1990). Race and Revolution. Rowman & Littlefield
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