African Founders by David Hackett Fischer audiobook

African Founders: How Enslaved People Expanded American Ideals

By David Hackett Fischer
Read by Lamarr Gulley

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781982145095

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781797137261

  • ISBN: 9781797137254

Runtime: 35.91 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In this sweeping, foundational work, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David Hackett Fischer draws on extensive research to show how enslaved Africans and their descendants enlarged American ideas of freedom in varying ways in different regions of the early United States.

African Founders explores the little-known history of how enslaved people from different regions of Africa interacted with colonists of European origins to create new regional cultures in the colonial United States. The Africans brought with them linguistic skills, novel techniques of animal husbandry and farming, and generations-old ethical principles, among other attributes. This startling history reveals how much our country was shaped by these African influences in its early years, producing a new, distinctly American culture.

Drawing on decades of research, some of it in western Africa, Fischer recreates the diverse regional life that shaped the early American republic. He shows that there were varieties of slavery in America and varieties of new American culture, from Puritan New England to Dutch New York, Quaker Pennsylvania, cavalier Virginia, coastal Carolina, and Louisiana and Texas.

This landmark work of history will transform our understanding of America’s origins.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A monumental achievement.” Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
“Fischer shows how Africans responded to racial slavery in ways that ultimately redefined and expanded American notions of freedom…This is a comprehensive demographic history with a powerful and important corrective thesis.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: David Hackett Fischer

Author Bio: David Hackett Fischer

David Hackett Fischer is University Professor and Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. The recipient of many prizes and awards for his teaching and writing, he is the also author of numerous books, including Washington's Crossing, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 35.91
Audience: Adult
Language: English