[Marxism] Books on the American Revolution
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jun 6 13:42:54 MDT 2008
Greg Dunkel wrote:
> Perhaps T. Jefferson "charms" the author of this review.
> He disgusts me.
But the review states:
If Jefferson's mind were not so full of contortions, it would be
surprising that he accepted Kosciuszko's charge in the first place. His
conception of emancipation had always contemplated a Virginia purged of
black people. He spent the years from 1776 to 1779 on a committee to
rewrite the laws that the state had inherited from its existence as a
colony. Among its proposals, "A Bill concerning Slaves," prepared by
Jefferson and introduced in the legislature in 1785, would gradually
have rid Virginia of slaves by withholding "the protection of the laws"
from any imported thereafter and from any who were emancipated but
failed to leave the state within one year.
He left no loopholes: "If any white woman shall have a child by a negro
or mulatto, she and her child shall depart the commonwealth within one
year thereafter. If they fail to do so, the woman shall be out of the
protection of the laws," and so would her child if he or she failed to
depart after reaching adulthood in service to an assigned master. These
provisions were too draconian for the other members of the legislature
and were struck from the bill as enacted, which merely forbade
importation of slaves and restricted the movements and rights of
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