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tv   Book Discussion on Paul Robeson and Confronting Black Jacobins  CSPAN  July 16, 2016 8:06pm-8:16pm EDT

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publishing house in order to ensure that the book -- that the american public had a chance to read this very important document. the serendipity that were consultants and had an opportunity to bid on the project, it was serendipity, it was risk of the firm and so proud of publishing the 9/11 commission report and in the end worked out okay financially as well. >> we have been talking to drake mcfeely. this is book tv on c-span. >> book tv recently visited capitol hill to ask members of congress who they're reading this summer. >> right now i'm reading a book written by richard and i can't remember the names of the
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coauthors. historical account of an event of the mountain meadows massacre. a tragic event but one that has factored significantly into the history of the state of utah where i come from. and some of my ancestors lived in southern utah at the time and one of them, my great, great grandfather was involved in indian. it's an interesting book to read, a sad, tragic book but very interesting. >> last year you released a book, can you tell us about that? >> yes. the name of my book is "our lost constitution. "have become neglected or lost as i put in the book and explains how that happened,
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where the provisions in question came from. tells the historical account, the stories behind the provisions, why they became necessary in the first place and i tell the stories about how they have been neglected over the years and i talk about how we can restore them. the idea that the federal government is limited with enumerated powers and tell stories behind that and explain how we are neglected federalism and how we can restore it. that's chapter 6. specifically the legislative powers clause of the constitution giving congress the power to make laws, to make stories behind that. why it is that hamilton had a lot to do with the system of government set up. the founding fathers, of course, objected to this idea.
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they soundly rejected it. they were worried about the consolidation and separation of powers is itself something incompatible but also with the stories behind it. >> book tv wants to know what you're reading this summer. tweet us your answer or post it on our facebook page, facebook.com/booktv. >> 1791 to 1804 that rare event, a successful revolt of the enslaved, you cannot begin to understand the haitian revolution unless one sees this spectacular event in some ways as a sequel against british rule in north america in 1776 that
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led to the formation of the slave-holding republic still known as the united states of america. that is to say as i argued in my book the counterrevolution of 1776, contrary to the broadway musical that use the hip-hop form such as hamilton from what is routinely taught in schools. the foundation of the united states of america in 1776 took place in those small measure because it was revolt in london. that is to say in june 1772 seemed to be suggesting that slave property which even then in north america was worth in the millions might be headed for history as e explain in the book.
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just as those in the state now known as zimbabwe, revolted against british rule in november 1965 because they thought that london was moving towards decolonization and one person one vote, leading to african-majority vote. they tried to continue white-racist minority regime by setting the new state and they said at the time that they were walking in the food steps of 1776, that is to say that 1176 was an attempt to escape the logic of abolition of slavery in november 1965 in southern africa was an attempt to escape the logic of decolonization and one person one vote and african majority rules. therefore you cannot begin to understand the tribulations,
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they fought against the formation of the united states of may recollect, they sided with london in the attempt to crush the slave rebellion just like the african did not accept the establishment of the new state of in november 1965 and when you fight a war in -- and lose, you can expect to be penalized until you are able to turn to tables against oppressors and one of the ways that we were able to turn the tables against oppressors was through haitian revolution which follows quickly upon the footsteps of the formation of the u.s. constitution and the first convening of congress, in some ways it was a rebute and
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why i start with george washington expressing reservation of the haitian revolution. in any case, what happens is that that the africans then known as espanola were able to succeed and establish this independent black republic in 1804. but as you might have surmised there was great constornation about the success of the haitian revolution. you may recall if you look at many of the slave revokes that rock north america in the period leading up to the u.s. civil
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war, 1821, 22 in south carolina and virginia. they all had the fingerprint of haiti all over it, which takes place at the same time as the haitian revolution is unfolding and also denmark in charleston, south carolina was a sea and not only revert against slavery but escape with numerous enslaved but to sail onto freedom in the island then ruled by africans, that is to say haiti. now, what's interesting about many of these revolts is that
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they're not unlike other revolts that are taking place within the hemisphere in which there's either inspiration by the haitian revolutionaries or direct instigation, the haitian revolution ignited crisis of the entire slaved system that can only be resolved by the system's collapse. if your trying to understand why slavery collapsed in north america, you should not only look within the four corners of north america but look to haiti and as i said you should also look to the inspiration, if not the instigation of british abolitionists in london. >> you can watch these and other programs online at book

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