- Slavery vs. White Supremacy,Van Gosse, reply by Sean Wilentz
Re: Slavery vs. White Supremacy,Van Gosse, reply by Sean Wilentz
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Sorry for the quality of that last email. Eye surgery next week. :-)
Wilentz demonstrates how it's possible to be correct in the particulars, but not in the general. Certainly everything is in contradiction and permits a bit of cherry-picking. The point he does not want to concede is the the default reality.
Yes, all those northern colonies and states got rid of slavery but they weren't essential to their economies. But this never came close to balancing the lived reality of Americans, ruled and rulers. Most America slaves remained American slaves despite the laudable work of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys in Vermont.
This is not to disparage that work. To the contrary, realizing just how important and admirable requires acknowledging the power of what they had to resist. Yes, there was resistance and struggles, sometimes winning but mostly defeated, thwarted, or misdirected.
That default reality of the American experience is the role of race in the ubiquitous injustices of American capitalism.
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