The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America (2020)

The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America Gerald Horne The Counter Revolution of Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America Ida B Wells and Cheikh Anta Diop Award Recipient for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership in Africana StudiesThe successful revolt against British rule in North America has been hailed almost u
  • Title: The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America
  • Author: Gerald Horne
  • ISBN: 9781479893409
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Hardcover
The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America Gerald Horne Ida B Wells and Cheikh Anta Diop Award Recipient for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership in Africana StudiesThe successful 1776 revolt against British rule in North America has been hailed almost universally as a great step forward for humanity But the Africans then living in the colonies overwhelmingly sided with the British In this trailblazing book, Gerald Horne sIda B Wells and Cheikh Anta Diop Award Recipient for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership in Africana StudiesThe successful 1776 revolt against British rule in North America has been hailed almost universally as a great step forward for humanity But the Africans then living in the colonies overwhelmingly sided with the British In this trailblazing book, Gerald Horne shows that in the prelude to 1776, the abolition of slavery seemed all but inevitable in London, delighting Africans as much as it outraged slaveholders, and sparking the colonial revolt Prior to 1776, anti slavery sentiments were deepening throughout Britain and in the Caribbean, rebellious Africans were in revolt For European colonists in America, the major threat to their security was a foreign invasion combined with an insurrection of the enslaved It was a real and threatening possibility that London would impose abolition throughout the colonies a possibility the founding fathers feared would bring slave rebellions to their shores To forestall it, they went to war The so called Revolutionary War, Horne writes, was in part a counter revolution, a conservative movement that the founding fathers fought in order to preserve their right to enslave others The Counter Revolution of 1776 brings us to a radical new understanding of the traditional heroic creation myth of the United States.
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  1. Beth

    This was originally published on my blog elizabethannsalem.wordpressAs a graduate student, my comprehensive exam lists were filled with books that reinterpreted the history of slavery using new documentary sources, revealing a history where slaves exercised agency and resisted the harsh conditions in which they lived While the history of slavery during the antebellum period has been extensively analyzed and documented, the history of slavery during the colonial period has been paid far less atte [...]

  2. Jesse Lehrer

    I really wanted to absolutely love this book I wanted to 5 star it and have it a favorite and recommend it to everyone.It s full of information and historical analysis pointing to the wholly correct and anti racist conclusion that American independence was largely spurred by American obsession with enslaving Africans and the creation of white identity Horne provides countless examples and events explaining the creation of whiteness, the uprisings of Africans, and the disgusting attitudes of Euro [...]

  3. Donna Davis

    Generally I don t review a book till I have read every last word I make an exception only when I find work so excellent that I am convinced that if the book ended right where I am, right now about 75 percent through, and of course I checked the sources , it would still be worth the full cover price I will read the rest, but you need to know about this book RIGHT NOW.Reading this galley, courtesy of the publisher, New York University, via Net Galley, made me feel as if the American history I stud [...]

  4. Leah

    History or polemic In a simplified nutshell, Gerald Horne s argument in this book is that the Revolution was in large measure a response to the colonists fear of London s drive towards abolition of slavery Horne argues that slavery underpinned every aspect of the pre 1776 economy and as such was seen as crucial by the colonists, even while slave resistance was growing and slave revolts were becoming common The Royal African Company s loss of monopoly over the slave trade in the late 17th centur [...]

  5. Socraticgadfly

    This is a powerful, scholarly, well informed overview of how the pervasive spread not just of slavery, but of slavery of Africans, was importantly connected to the American Revolution.As part of this, Home shows that, decades before the Somerset decision of 1772 that freed a slave brought from Virginia to England, Americans or proto Americans, or mainlanders feared just such a ruling.Home leads up to this by showing that both the colonies and London, before 1700 in the Caribbean and by soon afte [...]

  6. Robert

    This was worthwhile to me for the colonial history of British North America and the Caribbean In particular, I found the demographics of states during this period useful they are interspersed throughout the beginning half of the book Horne argues that the privatization of slave trading post 1688 played a critical role in the development of productive forces in British North America First, because this encouraged the growth of slavery on territory that was in need of labor also contributing to th [...]

  7. Koen Crolla

    Horne traces the deliberate creation and cultivation of anti black racism and an artificial white identity in the British American colonies, and makes the case that the American revolution was significantly inspired by a perception that London was on the brink of abolishing of slavery.I m only giving this book five stars because it s such an important topic and Horne does manage to communicate his points the way in which he does so is so tedious that I d probably subtract two stars for it in any [...]

  8. Randall Wallace

    Gerald shows Americans what led the colonists to revolt against England was the Somerset Case of 1772 and Dun s Edict of 1775 The potential of Britain outlawing slavery soon in the colonies became the revolutionary tipping point English like Samuel Johnson, saw colonists pratting on about liberty while happily completely depriving their slaves of it Even New England was making a killing in profits from the slave trade it wasn t just the southern colonies To unite the country, the future United S [...]

  9. Billie Pritchett

    Historian Gerald Horne s Counter Revolution of 1776 tells the story of black slaves in America and in service of the American colonies from, roughly, the 17th century until the independence of the country from England Horne goes to show how American independence was a major loss for the slaves One of the main reasons was because England was actually moving away from slavery and didn t like the fact that the American colonies were beginning to rely upon slave labor After the American independence [...]

  10. Nicholas Aune

    The book examines the fact that the radical sects of the Revolution were abandoned for a fairly conservative movement that meant to protect North American economic interests rather than any sort of typical revolutionary agenda It was a very good , well researched read, but I wish the author looked at the dismay felt by the many poor , young radicals that first joined the Revolution only to have their plans and agenda scrapped.

  11. Steven Fake

    Stimulating thesis and lots of good info, even if I suspect the central theme overreaches a bit and, in its maximal form, probably doesn t withstand scrutiny Those who don t have much patience for historical preliminary context in repetitive detail may want to skip straight to the last chapter or two.

  12. David Buccola

    A bold rethinking of the Revolution of 1776This is a fantastic book Gerald Horne has gone a long way toward undermining the supposed avant guard and progressive nature of the Revolution of 1776 pointing out, in extreme detail, that the real flaw of the founding fathers was that they objected to a government that sought to protect peaceful Indians from the theft of their land and feared a court system that had started to have some grave doubts about enforcing slavery One of the things I particula [...]

  13. Tree Rings

    Sometimes the author appears to be educated beyond his intelligence is it really necessary to use words larger than their intended use pretentious

  14. Reginald Simms

    It was unexpectedly a quick read Horne puts forth that a hefty contributing factor besides the industrial revolution or the classic myth of abolition birthed from a burgeoning sense of morality that there also was the constant continuing fear of slave uprising and insurrection that caused The American Revolution to come to a head There were back and forth squabbles between European settlers of the mainland Brits, French, Spaniards while there was the always present rebellions, revolts, insurrect [...]

  15. Gabriel Riekhof

    The most factually comprehensive and exhaustive book I have ever read Horne uses an amazing amount of evidence to prove his point that America was founded on an obsession with enslaving Africans, and that obsession leading to a building rift between Britain and the eventual U.S The final chapters explaining Lord Dun s proclamation and the British Somerset Case and their effect on leading to revolution are masterful However, A large portion of this book reinforces the same point, although on a co [...]

  16. Redpoet

    Excellent So much in here even I did not know This book explains many things which have transpired since what was obviously a counter revolution of white supremacist settlers and which established a white settler republic I wish I were in high school again and stepped forward in my American History class with a book report on this book What fun that would be For anyone who reads this book, 1776 will never be the same.Outstanding work, well documented, and somewhat horrifying to boot But for a sm [...]

  17. Leigh

    In terms of originality and importance this book is fantastic I would guess many readers not overly familiar with the events of pre 1776 British North America may find sections of the first few chapters challenging and the tendency to use future state nicknames without the actual name was a tad frustrating for a non U.S reader like myself However, the overall thesis was very well argued so I would definitely recommend this book.

  18. Eric Bottorff

    Only didn t give it five stars because the writing was pretty atrocious at times, which is unfortunate given the importance of the argument he s making I m sure there are people who just stopped reading because of the too frequently turgid prose The historical argument, though, is one which needs to be widely disseminated.

  19. Anita And Steve

    Good Read for thinking minds This book must be on the reading list on anyone interested in real equality and not in potted history Horn makes clear how ideology, racism, and class work together to create the capitalist system for the 1% There is nothing to dislike in this book It will even improve your vocabulary.

  20. Shawn

    incredible excellent writing well documented history successfully debunks the myth that the revolution was primarily about taxes the threat that the British might outlaw slavery was at least an equal motivator a must read.

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