The Counter-revolution of 1776

The Counter-revolution of 1776

Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America

Book - 2014
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New York Univ Pr
 Illuminates how the preservation of slavery was a motivating factor for the Revolutionary War
The successful 1776 revolt against British rule in North America has been hailed almost universally as a great step forward for humanity.  But the Africans then living in the colonies overwhelmingly sided with the British.  In this trailblazing book, Gerald Horne shows that in the prelude to 1776, the abolition of slavery seemed all but inevitable in London, delighting Africans as much as it outraged slaveholders, and sparking the colonial revolt. 

Prior to 1776, anti-slavery sentiments were deepening throughout Britain and in the Caribbean, rebellious Africans were in revolt.  For European colonists in America, the major threat to their security was a foreign invasion combined with an insurrection of the enslaved.   It was a real and threatening possibility that London would impose abolition throughout the colonies—a possibility the founding fathers feared would bring slave rebellions to their shores.  To forestall it, they went to war. 

The so-called Revolutionary War, Horne writes, was in part a counter-revolution, a conservative movement that the founding fathers fought in order to preserve their right to enslave others.  The Counter-Revolution of 1776 brings us to a radical new understanding of the traditional heroic creation myth of the United States.

Publisher: New York : New York University Press, c2014
ISBN: 9781479893409
Characteristics: xiv, 349 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 29, 2017

Ebook needed

Jan 04, 2015

A superbly brilliant book and treatise on the actual historical events, predominantly economically driven [as in greed, greed, greed] whereby the author/scholar ties in the concurrent historical events so perfectly!
If the reader can read this while currently reading Andro Linklater's book, Why Spencer Perceval Must Die, AND Sons of Providence, by Charles Rappleye, the complementary knowledge and information derived will be quite stunning and enlightening! ! !
[The one item which does not appear, is the transfer of the money creation power from the Crown to Anglo-Dutch banking interests [reference the history of the City of London Corporation] which occurs around or slightly before, but is connected with, the author-mentioned deregulation of slavery - - i.e., when the Crown was behind the slavery trade, but is then allowed for general merchants to partake in said trade - - in other words, the deregulation is no coincidence!]
Given that both Prof. Horne's book and Mr. Rappleye's book mentions John Brown or the Brown family [that's John Brown the financier and slave trader, not the abolitionist], this link may be of interest:

Nov 30, 2014

PHD level reading. I was in waaay over my head.

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