This review is designed to give an analysis of the underlying thesis of Donald R. Wright's work African Americans in the Early Republic 1789-1831.It is important to understand that this book is designed as a textbook to aid U.S. history courses both on the undergraduate and graduate levels of study. Wright's goal is to inform the reader that the study of the past is constantly evolving, and that the past contains more volumes of study than what is currently being taught in mainstream U.S. history courses.
The book's underlying principle arrives from the great work historians have undertaken to uncover the African-American prospective relating to U.S. history during 1789-1831. Wright paints a vivid picture of the early republic representing the climate, attitude, and economy that promoted the institution of slavery in this republic, so as to tell the story of the contributions and the trials African-Americans faced during this period and the elements that ultimately divided the nation and brought an end to this dark period of American history. His aim is to give the reader a rich and historically documented view of the roles that African-Americans played in our nations history along with the obstacles they encountered prior to the civil war.Wright's work encourages the reader to challenge conventional views concerning U.S. history and to appreciate the fact that material covering our early republic is complex and profound and in need of further investigation to promote a diverse and accurate representation of this era.
The subject of this book is focused on uncovering the hidden African-American historiography spanning the period of 1789-1831 in U.S. history, concentrating predominately on the impact of this era as it relates to the African-American plight and its effect on the society at large during this age. The information covered, primarily only available in select chapters of broader works, is eloquent…