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The story of Venture Smith is an important part of American history. In many ways, it is an American story of the struggle for freedom. Yet Venture struggled against a powerful American institution, the institution of slavery. The capture and enslavement of this one African in eighteenth-century Ame...

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Published in: Venture Smith and the Business of Slavery and Freedom p. ix
Main Author: James O. Horton
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of Massachusetts Press 06-01-2010
Subjects:
Law
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Summary: The story of Venture Smith is an important part of American history. In many ways, it is an American story of the struggle for freedom. Yet Venture struggled against a powerful American institution, the institution of slavery. The capture and enslavement of this one African in eighteenth-century America before the North American British colonies began their own freedom struggle, which led ultimately to national independence, illustrate the young nation’s most fundamental contradiction. American patriots explained their revolution against the British monarchy as a natural result of their dedication to human rights and human liberty. But by holding tens of thousands
ISBN: 1558497404
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