By Richard S. Dunn
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.