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By Richard S. Dunn

ISBN-10: 0674735366

ISBN-13: 9780674735361

Forty years in the past, after book of his pathbreaking publication Sugar and Slaves, Richard Dunn started a thorough research of 2 thousand slaves residing on plantations, one in North the United States and one within the Caribbean. Digging deeply into the documents, he has reconstructed the person lives and collective reports of 3 generations of slaves at the Mesopotamia sugar property in Jamaica and the Mount ethereal plantation in tidewater Virginia, to appreciate the starkly diverse kinds slavery may take. Dunn’s gorgeous success is a wealthy and compelling heritage of bondage in very assorted Atlantic global settings.

From the mid-eighteenth century to emancipation in 1834, existence in Mesopotamia was once formed and stunted by way of lethal paintings regimens, rampant disorder, and dependence at the slave exchange for brand new employees. At Mount ethereal, the place the inhabitants constantly multiplied until eventually emancipation in 1865, the “surplus” slaves have been bought or moved to far-off paintings websites, and households have been repeatedly damaged up. Over 2 hundred of those Virginia slaves have been despatched 8 hundred miles to the Cotton South.

In the genealogies that Dunn has painstakingly assembled, we will be able to hint a Mesopotamia fieldhand via each degree of her bondage, and distinction her harsh therapy with the fortunes of her rebellious mulatto son and smart quadroon granddaughter. We song a Mount ethereal craftworker via a stormy lifetime of interracial intercourse, get away, and family members breakup. the main points of people’ lives allow us to understand the total adventure of either slave groups as they worked and enjoyed, and eventually turned free.

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He replaced Dr. James Paterson, his stepfather’s friend who had managed the estate since 1736, with the Reverend Mr. 24 Perhaps he hoped that a clergyman would be a benevolent supervisor for an absentee proprietor. But Barham knew that Parson Pool had no interest whatsoever in converting his slaves to Christianity. So when he returned to England in 1751, he set about looking for missionaries who could minister to his Jamaica slaves. Back home, Joseph Foster Barham was much affected by the preaching of Moravian brother John Cennick.

45 When Joseph II assumed the ownership of Mesopotamia in 1789, sugar prices in England were high, sugar production on the estate was double what it had been in 1762, and the slave population was larger than ever before. Barham was in an ebullient mood. ” Recognizing that his father had installed an especially detailed form of bookkeeping, he decided not to change it. He directed that the Moravian missionaries continue to receive salaries and supplementary allowances. 46 So he especially urged the attorneys to treat his slaves humanely.

What strikes me, however, is that Rebecca’s biography bears no relation to the experiences of any Mesopotamia slave woman, whereas Mary’s biography directly evokes the plight that many of the Mount Airy slave mothers faced. Rebecca Protten was born into slavery, learned to read and write as a child, converted to Christianity and was freed by her owners in her early teens, and after baptism by the Moravians became an evangelist to the local slaves, traveling around St. Thomas and instructing them in Christianity— a course of action that would have been impossible in Mesopotamia.

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