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.
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