Morgan's "American Slavery, American Freedom" Book Review by Quality Writers

Morgan's "American Slavery, American Freedom"
A review of "American Slavery, American Freedom" by Edmund S. Morgan.
# 103880 | 1,444 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on May 29, 2008 in African-American Studies (Slavery) , Literature (General)

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The paper describes how Edmund S. Morgan's "American Slavery, American Freedom" examines the political and social impact of slavery in colonial America. The paper explains how Morgan emphasizes the tragic contradiction between freedom and slavery, particularly in the colony of Virginia that produced patriot leaders such as Washington and Jefferson, but also had the most slave owners. The paper further explains Morgan's thesis that this contradiction was caused by prevailing beliefs that racial and gender inequality was a natural condition.

From the Paper:

"American Slavery, American Freedom was written by historian Edmund S. Morgan and published in 2003 by W. W. Norton. The author's examination of slavery in America emphasizes the tragic contradiction between freedom and slavery, and focuses on Virginia, which produced leaders of the American Revolution who were dedicated to freedom and equality, but which also had the most slave owners. In his book, Morgan analyzes this paradox as he strives to understand and explain why such a contradiction existed."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Morgan, Edmund. American Freedom, American Slavery. New York: W. W.Norton, 2003.

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