[Marxism] Books on the American Revolution

Mark Lause markalause at gmail.com
Fri Jun 6 14:09:17 MDT 2008


Edmund S. Morgan's AMERICAN SLAVERY, AMERICAN FREEDOM laid out the
essential evidence for "whiteness" long before the sociologists began
dabbling and remains the far superior source for understanding race in
the context of the British colonies on the American mainland.

Louis' description of Nash's book is spot on.

I always do find the preoccupation with Jefferson annoying and, for
all his wonderful complexity, a personalization of the issues
involved.  For a concise presentation of the most positive view of
Jefferson, see Richard Matthews THE RADICAL POLITICS OF THOMAS
JEFFERSON.

For modern radicals, the case for Tom Paine is far more straightforward.

ML




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