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Virginia 1619: Slavery and Freedom in the Making of English America
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Paul Musselwhite Peter C. Mancall
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Virginia 1619: Slavery and Freedom in the Making of English America

Paul Musselwhite Peter C. Mancall James Horn


North Carolina University

History of the Americas;
Slavery & abolition of slavery;
Ethnic studies


384 pages

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Virginia 1619 provides an opportunity to reflect on the origins of English colonialism around the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic world. As the essays here demonstrate, Anglo-Americans have been simultaneously experimenting with representative government and struggling with the corrosive legacy of racial thinking for more than four centuries. Virginia, contrary to popular stereotypes, was not the product of thoughtless, greedy, or impatient English colonists. Instead, the emergence of stable English Atlantic colonies reflected the deliberate efforts of an array of actors to establish new societies based on their ideas about commonwealth, commerce, and colonialism. Looking back from 2019, we can understand that what happened on the shores of the Chesapeake four hundred years ago was no accident. Slavery and freedom were born together as migrants and English officials figured out how to make this colony succeed. They did so in the face of rival ventures and while struggling to survive in a dangerous environment. Three hallmarks of English America-self-government, slavery, and native dispossession-took shape as everyone contested the future of empire along the James River in 1619.

The contributors are Nicholas Canny, Misha Ewen, Andrew Fitzmaurice, Jack P. Greene, Paul D. Halliday, Alexander B. Haskell, Linda M. Heywood, James Horn, Michael J. Jarvis, Peter C. Mancall, Philip D. Morgan, Melissa N. Morris, Paul Musselwhite, James D. Rice, and Lauren Working.

Edited by:   Paul Musselwhite, Peter C. Mancall, James Horn
Imprint:   North Carolina University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm, 
ISBN:   9781469652016
ISBN 10:   1469652013
Series:   Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   July 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Musselwhite is assistant professor of history at Dartmouth College. Peter C. Mancall is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities and professor of history and anthropology at the University of Southern California. James Horn is president of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation (Preservation Virginia) at Historic Jamestowne.

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