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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (575 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edmund S. Morgan Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781469024059
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“If it is possible to understand the American paradox, the marriage of slavery and freedom, Virginia is surely the place to begin,” writes Edmund S. Morgan in American Slavery, American Freedom, a study of the tragic contradiction at the core of America. Morgan finds the key to this central paradox in the people and politics of the state that was both the birthplace of the revolution and the largest slaveholding state in the country. American Slavery, American Freedom won the Francis Parkman Prize and the Albert J. Beveridge Award. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thoughtful, suggestive, and highly readable.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Winner of the 1976 Parkman Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/16/2014

    " This book gave me a lot to think about, but it didn't focus on the advent of slavery/racism as much as I anticipated. The first 3/4 of the book focused on white settlers and white servants, and then he seemed to throw the issues of African slaves in at the very end. A good read though, particularly for those interested in Colonial Virginia history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jljcnewton | 1/20/2014

    " I've said it before, I really love Edmund Morgan. He's a gifted historian and author. He is really able to tell you about very basic concepts of American History, yet he makes you view things in a way that you never have before and see the history of our nation in a whole new way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Mcgee | 1/12/2014

    " Excellent exploration of the slavery/freedom paradox. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Zell | 1/5/2014

    " Although not a new book, it is spot-on about the centrality of slavery to so-called 'American democracy'. Morgan concentrates on colonial Virginia, and shows how the use of slave labour by white farmers/plantation owners became established side by side with 'democratic' institutions in the 18th century. In a way, the cheap labour provided by African and African-American slaves made possible the democratic 'rights' and processes enjoyed by free, white Americans. The connection between slavery and democracy was subsequently mirrored in the American constitution of 1787, and in the contradiction inherent in the early American republic: unique political rights for some Americans associated with permanent slavery for other (black) Americans. A good read too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 12/28/2013

    " This was one of the first book I read for my major and it was actually very well done. Definitely a very interesting history after being trapt reading mundane historical accounts during high school. Plus it was an easy read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 12/23/2013

    " This was a very good Colonial history book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 12/11/2013

    " In this book, Dr. Morgan persuasively argues that American slavery arose first in Virginia Out of primarily socio-economic aspects of life during and after tobacco booms in Virginia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mackenzie | 12/8/2013

    " Excellent, insightful analysis of the origins and consequences of southern slavery - unique perspectives that transcends the trite analyses many historians can't seem to get away from. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Kaye | 12/6/2013

    " This ranks as one of the non-fiction history books I wish I would've written. Truly foundational to the understanding of early American history, and relating the evolution of the two ends of the spectrum of freedom in a way that fully relates the uniqueness of the American experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 11/20/2013

    " They're more connected than you might think. A really wonderful book. There's a reason why historians talk about Morgan like he's a god. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/12/2013

    " slavery,American history "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antoine | 10/13/2013

    " I recall that this book had an interesting thesis. I can no longer recall what that thesis was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 10/13/2013

    " An amazing book! To read and re-read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 9/13/2013

    " You have to read the entire book. It is slow but the punchline is worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rusty | 8/22/2013

    " This book explains why slavery came to the American colonies and why it stayed so long. Many believed American freedom depended upon slavery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ram | 7/12/2013

    " I thought this book was just brilliant. The simplicity of Morgan's arguments makes this accessible, quick to read, and inviting to the historical novice. He was a clever fellow. "

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