By Kay Wright Lewis
From the inception of slavery as a pillar of the Atlantic international economic climate, either Europeans and Africans feared their mass extermination by way of the opposite in a race struggle. within the usa, says Kay Wright Lewis, this ingrained dread nourished a preoccupation with slave rebellions and might later support gas the Civil struggle, thwart the goals of Reconstruction, justify Jim Crow, or even tell civil rights flow approach. And but, says Lewis, the historiography of slavery is all yet silent on extermination as a class of study. furthermore, little of the present sparse scholarship interrogates the black point of view on extermination. A Curse upon the Nation addresses either one of those issues.
To clarify how this trust in an approaching race battle formed eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American politics, tradition, and trade, Lewis examines quite a lot of texts together with letters, newspapers, pamphlets, go back and forth bills, slave narratives, executive files, and abolitionist tracts. She foregrounds her readings within the lengthy list of exterminatory war in Europe and its colonies, putting lopsided reprisals opposed to African slave revolts—or even rumors of revolts—in a continuum with earlier brutal incursions opposed to the Irish, Scots, local americans, and different teams out of fashion with the empire. Lewis additionally indicates how extermination grew to become entwined with principles approximately race and freedom from early within the strategy of enslavement, making survival a big type of resistance for African peoples in America.
For African americans, enslaved and unfastened, the potential of one-sided violence used to be constantly current and deeply worrying. This groundbreaking research reevaluates how extermination formed black knowing of the Atlantic slave exchange and the political, social, and monetary worlds during which it thrived.