Paul Revere (1734—1818)

by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

 

by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

Silver; 21.9 x 18.4 x 13 cm (8 5/8 x 7 1/4 x 5 1/8 in). Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

Copper and wood.

by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

Silver; H: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in), Diameter: 5.1 cm (2 in). Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

 

Engraving and print by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

Full title: A View of Part of the Town of Boston in New-England and Brittish Ships of War Landing Their Troops! 1768

engraving by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

Print. Copied from an engraving by

by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

Used in the trial of eight British soldiers who were prosecuted in November 1770; six were acquitted.

Engraving by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

 

by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

Engraved print; 13.4 x 11 cm (5 1/4 x 4 5/16 in). Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

Racial prejudice worked to perpetuate American slavery, even if it was not essential to sustain the institution. Slavery, serfdom, and peonage had existed elsewhere without racial connotations. Indeed, bondage had been so historically ubiquitous one might well ask why, by the 1760’s, it had come to trouble so many white Americans so much. The answer lies in part — and this part help explain why people like Mason did not act more aggressively on their concerns — in the reservations many whites felt about living alongside members of a supposedly inferior race, whether slave or free. The problem was inherent in American slavery, and emancipation, by undermining white control, would only make it worse.

Jeff Broadwater
George Mason: Forgotten Founder (2006)