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Making Slavery HistoryAbolitionism and the Politics of Memory in Massachusetts$
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Margot Minardi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379372

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379372.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Who Makes History?

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(p.5) Introduction
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Making Slavery History
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Margot Minardi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379372.003.0002

The introduction places the book in the context of recent social, cultural, and intellectual history on the nature of emancipation and historical agency in the early republic. The American Revolution inaugurated a debate about who could claim autonomy to make political decisions and have a stake in the distribution of power. Given these origins of the republic, the early national contestation over the meaning of the Revolution was a struggle not only to shake off slavery but also to reframe how different people were situated vis‐à‐vis such a monumental historical transformation.

Keywords:   emancipation, agency, early republic, American Revolution, autonomy, slavery

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