Slavery and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America (Inaugural Lectures (University of Oxford))

By Eric Foner

"Freedom" hasn't ever been a hard and fast classification or predetermined thought. topic to a number of interpretations, its definition has been created and recreated by means of historic contingencies and social conflicts. Eric Foner lines how the lifestyles of slavery helped to form the certainty of freedom by means of american citizens either white and black from the colonial period to the top of Reconstruction. He can pay specific consciousness to the metaphorical makes use of of "slavery" by means of teams looking to extend triumphing definitions of freedom (such because the labour movement's critique of "wage slavery", and feedback of the "slavery of intercourse" via early feminists) in addition to to the controversy over the that means of freedom unleashed through the destruction of slavery throughout the Civil struggle.

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