emancipation and the american revolution

dms dmschanoes at earthlink.net
Sun Aug 24 19:16:55 MDT 2003


----- Original Message -----
From: "Louis Proyect" <lnp3 at panix.com>
To: <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2003 3:10 PM
Subject: Re: emancipation and the american revolution


>
> >Louis poses an important historical question about the relationship
between
> >emancipation and the American revolution. let me restate the question:
would
> >emancipation have come sooner or later if the colonists had lost the
> >revolution against King George?
>
> Am about to go over to the west side to have dinner with Les and Charles
> Brown who is in the city on a visit, but let me throw this out for
> consideration. Oakes makes a convincing case that the typical slave-owner
> in the south would be what he called "middle class", which really amounts
> to small and medium farmers, businessmen, tradesmen and other economic
> actors who had nothing to do with plantations. This social formation was
> anything but "seignorial", to use Genovese's term. What they in fact
remind
> me of is the fucking Afrikaners who went on a great Trek to defend their
> plucky yeoman way of life from the dirty imperialist British in the
> Victorian era. An important element of that life was slavery.
>
>
> Louis Proyect, Marxism mailing list: http://www.marxmail.org
>
>





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