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 by means of 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 support gasoline the Civil struggle, thwart the goals of Reconstruction, justify Jim Crow, or even tell civil rights flow approach. And but, says Lewis, the historiography of slavery is all yet silent on extermination as a class of study. in addition, little of the present 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 drawing close race battle formed eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American politics, tradition, and trade, Lewis examines a variety of texts together with letters, newspapers, pamphlets, go back and forth money owed, slave narratives, executive records, 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 americans, and different teams out of fashion with the empire. Lewis additionally exhibits how extermination grew to become entwined with rules approximately race and freedom from early within the means of enslavement, making survival a big kind of resistance for African peoples in America.

For African american citizens, enslaved and unfastened, the potential of one-sided violence was once regularly current and deeply aggravating. This groundbreaking research reevaluates how extermination formed black realizing of the Atlantic slave exchange and the political, social, and fiscal worlds during which it thrived.

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