of political courage. As an expert in the period, Nash is familiar with dominant narrative of the early American period, allowing him to spot those elements which recent race-relations scholarship clarifies, challenges, or contradicts the dominant historical narrative of the period. But physical distinctions, such as a handicap or race, become strengthened by societal insights, which consequently generate bigger spaces between people. Or so Americans thought.
During the American Revolution, some constitutional amendments granted full citizenship to black Americans, and gave voting rights to black men. Nash specializes in the Revolutionary Period of American history, which gives him a very privileged perspective in the study of early American history as well as of interracial and intercultural relations. Nash wrote the book for a broad introductory course on American History given to undergraduates at ucla. Additionally, Race undertook to be an eloquent anti-slavery treatise. Thus, if the scholarship that Nash relies proves to be reliable or misleading, it could weaken his interpretation of the period. Coming from Europe, where land was scarce and beyond the grasp of most people, immigrants made the acquisition of cheap land and secure title to it their most treasured goal. It really grabs a reader's attention and makes him want to read more. But by the same token, the features that humans everywhere share are substantially larger and of considerably greater importance than their differences. A great gulf separates the two races. Middle-class communities arose in the suburbs outside the cities. Nash chronicles slave defection to the British (for whom many more blacks fought than for the Americans) and sketches vivid portraits of individuals who sued for their freedom in the courts. Nash also explores the revolutionary experiences and contributions of women, African-American slaves or Native Americans.