In July, the month we celebrate our nation’s Declaration o f Independence, we look at books about its colonial beginnings and its founding. That history cannot be separated from the issue of slavery in this country because of the leverage the South wielded to assure that the new republic would not ban the institution, thus building in a flaw in the fledging land of the free. Slavery was tolerated, even encouraged, for at least eight more decades. Our selections include books that examine the role of slavery during the revolution and the drafting of the Bill of Rights.
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Slavery, Propaganda, and the American Revolution, by Patricia Bradley, $22.50 (List price: $25) University of Mississippi Press, May 1999, ISBN: 9781578062119, p. 224.
As the patriots fighting American independence shaped their goals for the revolution, they had no intention of applying the principles of liberation to all. This study shows how the freedom fighters excluded blacks from consideration and kept the issue of slavery off the agenda. The author, a Temple University department chair, compares coverage of the issue in the patriot press to the moderate colonial presses of the day. The Boston Gazette, for instance, ignored or distorted accounts of slavery and omitted petitions by blacks and otherwise resorted to propaganda to protect the status quo.
The Historical Present: Uses and Abuses of the Past, by Edwin M. Yoder, Jr., $225.50 (List Price, $25), University of Mississippi Press, October 2008, ISBN: 9781604731729, p. 192.
A Washington and Lee University professor and former Pulitzer Prize winner examines how the study of history is our key to understanding the present. In a book of essays, Yoder suggests that Americans avoid history and often believe they can ignore it. Whether it is the evolution of a bunch of colonies into a nation or the drafting of the Constitution, he argues, that the past is ever present.
The South’s Role in the Creation of the Bill of Rights, Robert J. Haws, $22.50, (List Price: $25) University of Mississippi Press, Chancellor’s Symposium Series, May 1991, ISBN: 9781604732627, p. 183.
Originally published in 1991, the year of the bicentennial of the adoption of the Bill of Rights after ratification by the states, this volume explores the role of Southern culture and opinion in the creation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Six noted experts in legal, constitutional, and southern history offer essays on the crucial influence of political leaders in the South who championed the cause for a bill of rights while vehemently defending their rights to hold slaves. The essays show how the southerners’ defense of states’ rights and individual liberties dominated debate on constitutional rights until the Civil War.
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