By Kay Wright Lewis
From the inception of slavery as a pillar of the Atlantic global economic climate, either Europeans and Africans feared their mass extermination via the opposite in a race conflict. within the usa, says Kay Wright Lewis, this ingrained dread nourished a preoccupation with slave rebellions and may later aid gasoline the Civil struggle, thwart the goals of Reconstruction, justify Jim Crow, or even tell civil rights circulation method. And but, says Lewis, the historiography of slavery is all yet silent on extermination as a class of research. in addition, little of the prevailing sparse scholarship interrogates the black standpoint on extermination. A Curse upon the Nation addresses either one of those issues.
To clarify how this trust in an coming near near race battle formed eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American politics, tradition, and trade, Lewis examines a variety of texts together with letters, newspapers, pamphlets, commute bills, slave narratives, govt files, and abolitionist tracts. She foregrounds her readings within the lengthy checklist of exterminatory struggle in Europe and its colonies, putting lopsided reprisals opposed to African slave revolts—or even rumors of revolts—in a continuum with earlier brutal incursions opposed to the Irish, Scots, local american citizens, and different teams out of fashion with the empire. Lewis additionally indicates how extermination turned entwined with rules approximately race and freedom from early within the strategy of enslavement, making survival an immense type of resistance for African peoples in America.
For African americans, enslaved and loose, the potential of one-sided violence used to be constantly current and deeply anxious. This groundbreaking research reevaluates how extermination formed black knowing of the Atlantic slave exchange and the political, social, and financial worlds within which it thrived.
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A Curse upon the Nation: Race, Freedom, and Extermination in America and the Atlantic World by Kay Wright Lewis