ISBN-10: 0465064698

ISBN-13: 9780465064694

An remarkable yr during which American democracy and American slavery emerged hand in hand
Along the banks of the James River, Virginia, in the course of an oppressively scorching spell in the midst of summer time 1619, occasions happened inside a number of weeks of one another that may profoundly form the process historical past. within the newly outfitted church at Jamestown, the overall Assembly--the first accumulating of a consultant governing physique in America--came jointly. a number of weeks later, a battered privateer entered the Chesapeake Bay sporting the 1st African slaves to land on mainland English America.
In 1619, historian James Horn sheds new mild at the 12 months that gave delivery to the nice paradox of our kingdom: slavery in the course of freedom. This portentous 12 months marked either the foundation of crucial political improvement in American historical past, the increase of democracy, and the emergence of what might in time develop into one of many nation's maximum demanding situations: the corrosive legacy of racial inequality that has the USA given that its beginning.

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