Race and Revolution
Social Historian Dr . Gary Nash presents three essays in his book Race and Revolution . He presented these in 1988 for the Merill Jensen Lectures in Constitutional Studies at the University of Wisconsin . The s generally dwell on the issue which was always taken for granted - the slavery during the Revolutionary era . He describes the failure of the first abolitionist movement in the United States . He also presents his arguments convincingly saying the most Revolutionary leaders understood the incompatibility of slavery with their equalitarian ideology . He further blames Northern leaders , which he
said were not willing to compensate the Southern slaveholders for the diligence of slavery at a time when it most easily could have been brought to an end He also says that free blacks adapted to this discrimination by involving themselves in things that make them busy such as organizations , particularly , black churches , which safeguarded an African-American identity and maintained abolitionist fervor
Dr . Nash 's first essay states the effects of republican ideology on antislavery . Leaders from the Chesapeake to New England searched for ways to abolish an institution that was defying the principles of freedom and equality upon which the new nation rested
The second essay focuses on the failure of abolitionism in the post-revolutionary era . It questions the standards of historians in relating the practical necessity for compromise over slavery at the Constitutional Convention . The way the author sees it , such compromise was unnecessary , for South Carolina and Georgia needed the protection of a national government more...