- 281 pages ; 24 cm
- Contents: Introduction. The legacy and human cost of slavery -- "Nits make lice": genocidal violence in colonial America -- A "state of war continued": white fear, black warriors -- "The past is never dead": the continuity of African and European warfare practices -- The abridgment of hope: after Nat Turner -- "In the hands of the master": the Virginia debates -- Seeing their blood flow: reopening the African slave trade -- John Brown's mistake: the power of memory and the dangers of violence -- Making "hell for a country": the Civil War and post-Civil War era -- Epilogue. the "place for which our fathers sighed".Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: "From the inception of slavery as a pillar of the Atlantic World economy, both Europeans and Africans feared their mass extermination by the other in a race war. In the United States, says Kay Wright Lewis, this ingrained dread nourished a preoccupation with slave rebellions and would later help fuel the Civil War, thwart the aims of Reconstruction, justify Jim Crow, and even inform civil rights movement strategy. And yet, says Lewis, the historiography of slavery is all but silent on extermination as a category of analysis. Moreover, little of the existing sparse scholarship interrogates the black perspective on extermination. A Curse upon the Nation addresses both of these issues."--Provided by publisher.