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White Over BlackAmerican Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550-1812$
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Winthrop D. Jordan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834022

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838686_jordan

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The Cancer of Revolution

The Cancer of Revolution

(p.375) X The Cancer of Revolution
White Over Black

Winthrop D. Jordan

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the mixed reaction of Americans to the shocks of revolution which swept through France and the West Indies. They hoped for the triumph of liberty in the world but not for a complete one. They delighted to talk of freedom but wished their slaves would not. They assumed that their slaves yearned for liberty but were determined not to let them have it. To trace the spread of Negro rebellion in the New World and to examine American responses to what they saw as a mounting tide of danger is to watch the drastic erosion of the ideology of the American Revolution. It is also to glimpse a chronological pattern which virtually matched the courses of nation building, agricultural change, and the fortunes of antislavery.

Keywords:   American Revolution, revolution, liberty, freedom, Negro rebellion, New World

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