Enjoy the Same Liberty by Edward Countryman
Black Americans and the Revolutionary Era (The African American History Series)

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In this cohesive narrative, Edward Countryman explores the American Revolution in the context of the African American experience, asking a question that blacks have raised since the Revolution: What does the revolutionary promise of freedom and democracy mean for African Americans? Countryman, a Bancroft Prize-winning historian, draws on extensive research and primary sources to help him answer this question. He emphasizes the agency of blacks and explores the immense task facing slaves who wanted freedom, as well as looking at the revolutionary nature of abolitionist sentiment. Countryman focuses on how slaves remembered the Revolution and used its rhetoric to help further their cause of freedom.

Many contend that it is the American Revolution that defines us as Americans. Edward Countryman gives the reader the chance to explore this notion as it is reflected in the African American experience.

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Edward Countryman is the University Distinguished Professor of American History at Southern Methodist University. He has written numerous books on the social and political consequences of cultural clashes in early America, including A People in Revolution, which won the Bancroft Prize in 1981. He is also the author of The American Revolution, which is assigned in college courses across the country.
Published December 22, 2011 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 217 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Bancroft Prize-winning Countryman (A People in Revolution) begins with the bleak premise that everywhere explorers and colonizers went, with them they brought slavery%E2%80%94the great unifying colon

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Countryman makes a genuine effort to paint a picture of how excruciating the process of emancipation was in the years following 1776, but although his stated hope was that the book would present how "black people used the opportunities presented to them," the volume is more frequently a profile o...

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