The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America

The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America

Gerald Horne


The winning 1776 insurrection opposed to British rule in North the US has been hailed nearly universally as a very good leap forward for humanity.  however the Africans then residing within the colonies overwhelmingly sided with the British.  during this trailblazing publication, Gerald Horne exhibits that during the prelude to 1776, the abolition of slavery appeared all yet inevitable in London, delighting Africans up to it outraged slaveholders, and sparking the colonial revolt. 

Prior to 1776, anti-slavery sentiments have been deepening all through Britain and within the Caribbean, rebellious Africans have been in revolt.  For eu colonists in the US, the most important chance to their protection was once a overseas invasion mixed with an insurrection of the enslaved.   It used to be a true and perilous risk that London could impose abolition in the course of the colonies—a probability the founding fathers feared may carry slave rebellions to their shores.  to prevent it, they went to war. 

The so-called progressive struggle, Horne writes, used to be partly a counter-revolution, a conservative flow that the founding fathers fought as a way to protect their correct to enslave others.  The Counter-Revolution of 1776 brings us to a thorough new figuring out of the conventional heroic construction fantasy of the U.S..

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