By Kay Wright Lewis
From the inception of slavery as a pillar of the Atlantic international economic system, either Europeans and Africans feared their mass extermination by means of the opposite in a race warfare. within the usa, says Kay Wright Lewis, this ingrained dread nourished a preoccupation with slave rebellions and may later aid gasoline the Civil warfare, thwart the goals of Reconstruction, justify Jim Crow, or even tell civil rights circulation technique. And but, says Lewis, the historiography of slavery is all yet silent on extermination as a class of research. furthermore, little of the present sparse scholarship interrogates the black viewpoint on extermination. A Curse upon the Nation addresses either one of those issues.
To clarify how this trust in an forthcoming race conflict formed eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American politics, tradition, and trade, Lewis examines a variety of texts together with letters, newspapers, pamphlets, shuttle bills, slave narratives, govt files, and abolitionist tracts. She foregrounds her readings within the lengthy list of exterminatory war 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 americans, and different teams out of fashion with the empire. Lewis additionally indicates how extermination turned entwined with principles approximately race and freedom from early within the means of enslavement, making survival an enormous type of resistance for African peoples in America.
For African american citizens, enslaved and unfastened, the possibility of one-sided violence was once continually current and deeply worrying. This groundbreaking research reevaluates how extermination formed black figuring out of the Atlantic slave exchange and the political, social, and financial worlds during 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