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The Counter-Revolution of 1776
Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America
Gerald Horne

363 pages
April, 2014
ISBN: 9781479893409

The successful 1776 revolt against British rule in North America has been hailed almost universally as a great step forward for humanity. But the Africans then residing in the colonies overwhelmingly sided with London. In this trailblazing book, Gerald Horne complements his earlier celebrated Negro Comrades of the Crown, by showing that in the prelude to 1776, the abolition of slavery seemed all but inevitable in London, delighting Africans as much as it outraged slaveholders, and sparking the colonial revolt.

In the prelude to 1776, more and more Africans were joining the British military, and anti-slavery sentiments were deepening throughout Britain. And in the Caribbean, rebellious Africans were chasing Europeans to the mainland. Unlike their counterparts in London, the European colonists overwhelmingly associated enslaved Africans with subversion and hostility to the status quo. For European colonists, the major threat to security in North America was a foreign invasion combined with an insurrection of the enslaved. And as 1776 approached, London-imposed abolition throughout the colonies was a very real and threatening possibilityâ"a possibility the founding fathers feared could bring the slave rebellions of Jamaica and Antigua to the thirteen colonies. To forestall it, they went to war.

The so-called Revolutionary War, Horne writes, was in large part a counter-revolution, a conservative movement that the founding fathers fought in order to preserve their liberty to enslave othersâ"and which today takes the form of a racialized conservatism and a persistent racism targeting the descendants of the enslaved. The Counter-Revolution of 1776 drives us to a radical new understanding of the traditional heroic creation myth of the United States.


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  • Everybody pimping Amazon like we're all made of money

  • These days, of course, we do it with entitlements, so that the slaves BEG for the velvet cuffs.
    • Wrong, these days we do it with prison, or what you might call bed and breakfast entitlement.

      • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

        Not the same thing; prison is like chattel slavery with occasional legal basis and without the economic output.
        • ...without the economic output.

          Say whaa? You're talking out your butt. All sorts of industries employ prison labor for all the "right" reasons. They can't get enough. That is why the US is number 1 in prison population. Prison is Slavery v2.0

          • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

            What famous industries are these?
            • Why don't you google it yourself? You do have internet, right?

              • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

                You first, tough guy.
                • Ah so that's yer game, eh? Y'like t play dumb like you don't really know. This is where you get like pudge. I can punch up all the links in the world, and you'll simply find some weaselly way out, by the source, or too "simplistic" (that always has been one of the more successful cop outs there is), denies this and that, bla bla bla... I just ain't runnin' that circle no more. You can do that with d_r.

                  I'll take "Pet Rocks" for a hundred...

            • You likely already know how overcrowded [ipsnews.net] and abusive [motherjones.com] the US prison system is, and you probably are also aware that the US has more people in prison [learnliberty.org] than even China or Russia. In this age of privatization, of course, it’s also not surprising that many of the detention centers are not actually operated by the government, but by for-profit companies [propublica.org]. So clearly, some people are making lots and lots of money off the booming business of keeping human beings in cages.

              But who are

              • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

                Broad-spectrum legal reform is the kind of issue that seems blatantly obvious to even the most casual observer.
                And yet the number of Congresscritters of any strip running on the idea is. . .um. . .wait a sec. . .let's look at Libertarians. . .
                Unfortunately, all the power is draining into DC [heritage.org], where the money can be printed at will, thus giving a us positive feedback loop.
    • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) *

      You're a little behind the times, that stopped eighteen years ago when PWORA was passed and AFDC abolished.

      These days slaves are made with "right to work" laws and strict limits on the extent of the safety net.

      I gained my freedom this past February. YAY! Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, I'm free at last!

      • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

        slaves are made with "right to work" laws and strict limits on the extent of the safety net.

        So, if we all just go on strike at the same time, will that be Occupy Liberty?

        • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) *

          Nobody ever wants to go on strike, any more than employers want a lockout. It's the nuclear option, used as a last resort.

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