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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: Sean Pratt, Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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!


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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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