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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 way of the opposite in a race conflict. within the usa, says Kay Wright Lewis, this ingrained dread nourished a preoccupation with slave rebellions and might later aid gasoline the Civil warfare, thwart the goals of Reconstruction, justify Jim Crow, or even tell civil rights circulation process. And but, says Lewis, the historiography of slavery is all yet silent on extermination as a class of research. additionally, little of the present sparse scholarship interrogates the black point of view on extermination. A Curse upon the Nation addresses either one of those issues.

To clarify how this trust in an approaching race conflict formed eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American politics, tradition, and trade, Lewis examines a variety of texts together with letters, newspapers, pamphlets, trip debts, slave narratives, executive files, and abolitionist tracts. She foregrounds her readings within the lengthy checklist of exterminatory war 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 american citizens, and different teams out of style with the empire. Lewis additionally exhibits how extermination grew to become entwined with rules approximately race and freedom from early within the strategy of enslavement, making survival a massive kind of resistance for African peoples in America.

For African american citizens, enslaved and loose, the opportunity of one-sided violence used to be continually current and deeply hectic. This groundbreaking examine reevaluates how extermination formed black knowing of the Atlantic slave alternate and the political, social, and monetary worlds within which it thrived.

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