Race and Revolution 1
Race and Revolution, Gary Nash, Madison House 1990
Nicholas S. Berryman
Race and Revolution 2
Gary Nash is a professor of American history at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). He is an accomplished author of more than a dozen books primarily concentrating on colonial America and associated topics. In addition to numerous books he has written and edited, he has made chapter contributions to more than 30 books, written more than forty-five articles and over 80 book reviews, op-ed essays and comments. He received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1955 and Ph.D. in 1964 and has been recognized with numerous prestigious grants and awards throughout his career.
In “Race and Revolution” Dr. Nash addresses an issue that has plagued American society, both politically and socially almost since the first colonists arrived four hundred years ago. Slavery has been a topic of debate in nearly every generation since the founding of this great country. He addresses the issue in a context and during a period which is often overlooked by most Americans as being significant to the problem. When most Americans are asked about or speak about slavery it is rarely the case when they will speak about the revolutionary era. Most will focus on the antebellum, civil war and reconstruction period because that is what the majority of us are taught. He instead focuses on the decade leading up to and the decades following the revolutionary war. “Race and Revolution” addresses the issue of slavery through three thought provoking, well written essays by Nash. The essays come out of The Merrill Jensen Lectures in Constitutional Studies given at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in September 1988. Each of the three essays was written to address a different subject matter within the realm of the issue of slavery and abolition sentiment during the revolutionary period. The first essay speaks directly to the issue of abolitionist...