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The Resource A tale of two plantations : slave life and labor in Jamaica and Virginia, Richard S. Dunn

A tale of two plantations : slave life and labor in Jamaica and Virginia, Richard S. Dunn

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A tale of two plantations : slave life and labor in Jamaica and Virginia
Title
A tale of two plantations
Title remainder
slave life and labor in Jamaica and Virginia
Statement of responsibility
Richard S. Dunn
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This book reconstructs the individual lives and collective experiences of some 2,000 slaves on two plantations--Mesopotamia sugar estate in western Jamaica and Mount Airy Plantation in tidewater Virginia--during the final three generations of slavery in Jamaica and the USA. It also compares Mesopotamia with Mount Airy to demonstrate the differences between slave life in the British West Indies and slave life in the Antebellum US South. The chief difference was demographic. Mesopotamia had a continually shrinking slave population, with many more deaths than births, which was standard throughout the British Caribbean. Mount Airy had a continually expanding slave population, with many more births than deaths, which was standard throughout the Old South. At Mesopotamia the slaveholders imported their laborers from Africa, worked them to death and replaced them with new Africans, so that family life was perpetually stunted. At Mount Airy, where the slaves were all American-born, the slaveholders sold their surplus people or moved them to distant work sites, so that families were routinely broken up. On both plantations numerous individual slaves are observed in action, a mix of leaders and followers, rebels and conformists. A principal theme is slave motherhood and intergenerational family formation; another is the impact of field labor upon health and longevity. The Mesopotamia people engaged with Moravian missionaries and responded to two major Jamaican slave rebellions, while 218 of the Mount Airy people migrated to Alabama as cotton hands. The book concludes with emancipation in Jamaica and the USA. Never before have two slave communities from differing regions in America been portrayed over a long time period in such full detail"--
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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A tale of two plantations : slave life and labor in Jamaica and Virginia, Richard S. Dunn
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 463-524) and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Mesopotamia versus Mount Airy : the demographic contrast -- Sarah Affir and her Mesopotamia family -- Winney Grimshaw and her Mount Airy family -- "Dreadful idlers" in the Mesopotamia cane fields -- "Doing their duty" at Mount Airy -- The Moravian Christian community at Mesopotamia -- The exodus from Mount Airy to Alabama -- Mesopotamia versus Mount Airy : the social contrast -- Emancipation
Control code
sky2ocm59987657
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 540 pages
Isbn
9780674735361
Isbn Type
(alkaline paper)
Lccn
2014014075
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
A tale of two plantations : slave life and labor in Jamaica and Virginia, Richard S. Dunn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 463-524) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Mesopotamia versus Mount Airy : the demographic contrast -- Sarah Affir and her Mesopotamia family -- Winney Grimshaw and her Mount Airy family -- "Dreadful idlers" in the Mesopotamia cane fields -- "Doing their duty" at Mount Airy -- The Moravian Christian community at Mesopotamia -- The exodus from Mount Airy to Alabama -- Mesopotamia versus Mount Airy : the social contrast -- Emancipation
Control code
sky2ocm59987657
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 540 pages
Isbn
9780674735361
Isbn Type
(alkaline paper)
Lccn
2014014075
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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