REVIEWS deserves the attention of all those with interest in the history of slavery and race in America, as well as in Jefferson and the founding. Fr ank C ogl ian o is professor of American history at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy (Charlottesville, VA, 2006) and editor of the Blackwell Companion to Thomas Jefferson (Oxford, UK, 2012). Negro Comrades of the Crown: African Americans and the British Empire Fight the U.S. Before Emancipation. By Gerald Horne. (New York: New York University Press, 2012). Pp. 368, $39.00.) Reviewed by Van Gosse Beginning with seminal scholarship by Benjamin Quarles, Betty Fladeland, and Robin Winks, and later R. J. M. Blackett and Don Fehrenbacher, historians have moved to place American abolitionism, and all of the U.S.'s racialized post-Revolutionary polity, into a global frame. Although Ibero America and the Caribbean (the ``American Mediterranean,'' to borrow Matthew Pratt Guterl's fine formulation) are important to this transnational turn, the major impetus has been bringing back what should never have been left out--the subordinate position of the young republic within the British Atlantic world. Gerald Horne's Negro Comrades of the Crown is a major addition
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Apr 17, 2013
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