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The Resource 1619 : Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy, James Horn

1619 : Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy, James Horn

Label
1619 : Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy
Title
1619
Title remainder
Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy
Statement of responsibility
James Horn
Title variation
  • One thousand six hundred nineteen
  • Sixteen nineteen
  • Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"1619 offers a new interpretation of the significance of Jamestown in the long trajectory of American history. Jamestown, the cradle of American democracy, also saw the birth of our nation's greatest challenge: the corrosive legacy of slavery and racism that have deepened and entrenched stark inequalities in our society. After running Jamestown under martial law from 1610-1616, the Virginia Company turned toward representative government in an effort to provide settlers with more control over their own affairs and more incentive to invest further in the colony. In late July 1619, the newly-formed General Assembly gathered to introduce "just Laws for the happy guiding and governing of the people." It was the first legislature in America, and history has cast it as the foundation of American freedom and democracy. From that moment on, propertied white colonists became accustomed to freedoms that would have been unthinkable in England. But those very freedoms also permitted the wholesale and largely unchecked exploitation of poor white laborers and non-European peoples. More than nine-tenths of all those arriving in Virginia at this time were brought in some form of servitude or labor contract. This is a pattern we recognize all too well in modern American society-opportunities are not shared, inequality is rampant, racism is systemic. We would like to think these are problems that can be solved by expanding representative democracy; Jamestown teaches us, instead, that these are problems have long been created and encouraged by American democracy. Casting a skeptical eye on deeply-cherished myths, 1619 will be essential reading for anyone struggling to understand the paradox of American freedom."--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Horn, James P. P
Dewey number
975.5/425102
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F234.J3
LC item number
H65 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jamestown (Va.)
  • Jamestown (Va.)
  • Colonists
  • African Americans
  • Slavery
  • Democracy
  • African Americans
  • Colonists
  • Democracy
  • Politics and government
  • Slavery
  • United States
  • Virginia
  • Virginia
  • HISTORY / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)
Label
1619 : Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy, James Horn
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Jamestown -- The great reforms -- First Africans -- Commonwealth -- Tumult and liberty -- Inequality and freedom
Control code
on1023608971
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 273 pages
Isbn
9780465064694
Lccn
2018001108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780465064694
  • (OCoLC)1023608971
Label
1619 : Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy, James Horn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Jamestown -- The great reforms -- First Africans -- Commonwealth -- Tumult and liberty -- Inequality and freedom
Control code
on1023608971
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 273 pages
Isbn
9780465064694
Lccn
2018001108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780465064694
  • (OCoLC)1023608971

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