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1619

Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy
Narrated by: Dan Woren
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
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An extraordinary year in which American democracy and American slavery emerged hand in hand

Along the banks of the James River, Virginia, during an oppressively hot spell in the middle of summer 1619, two events occurred within a few weeks of each other that would profoundly shape the course of history. In the newly built church at Jamestown, the General Assembly - the first gathering of a representative governing body in America - came together. A few weeks later, a battered privateer entered the Chesapeake Bay carrying the first African slaves to land on mainland English America.

In 1619, historian James Horn sheds new light on the year that gave birth to the great paradox of our nation: slavery in the midst of freedom. This portentous year marked both the origin of the most important political development in American history, the rise of democracy, and the emergence of what would in time become one of the nation's greatest challenges: the corrosive legacy of racial inequality that has afflicted America since its beginning.

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©2018 James Horn (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Horn's detailed analysis of events reveals how these twin events foreshadowed what would culminate in America's birth as a nation." (Booklist)

"This well-told account is strongest in its exploration of the conflicts among various English factions: in the 17th century, the utopian ideals of the earliest colonists clashed with and succumbed to mercantilist designs of private property, government by an elite planter class, conquest, and slavery." (Publishers Weekly)

"Readers may question whether the 1619 election deeply influenced our institutions, but it was the first, and Horn has expertly illuminated a little-known era following Jamestown's settlement." (Kirkus)

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Good but becomes political at the end

Very informative and the narrator is great must read if you are interested in early America.

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Brilliant!

Remarkable narrative in that it authoritatively and convincingly places the locus of our nation’s historical socio-political development in the minds of men surrounding the early establishment of Virginia, effectively stealing the thunder often attributed to a later generation of men such as Jefferson. Brilliantly written and outstandingly narrated in under 7 hours!