By Richard S. Dunn
Forty years in the past, after ebook of his pathbreaking e-book Sugar and Slaves, Richard Dunn begun a thorough research of 2 thousand slaves dwelling on plantations, one in North the United States and one within the Caribbean. Digging deeply into the records, 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 diversified kinds slavery may take. Dunn’s lovely success is a wealthy and compelling historical past of bondage in very varied Atlantic international settings.
From the mid-eighteenth century to emancipation in 1834, lifestyles in Mesopotamia was once formed and stunted via lethal paintings regimens, rampant ailment, and dependence at the slave exchange for brand new workers. At Mount ethereal, the place the inhabitants continuously increased until eventually emancipation in 1865, the “surplus” slaves have been offered or moved to far-off paintings websites, and households have been regularly 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 hint a Mesopotamia fieldhand via each level of her bondage, and distinction her harsh remedy with the fortunes of her rebellious mulatto son and shrewdpermanent quadroon granddaughter. We song a Mount ethereal craftworker via a stormy lifetime of interracial intercourse, break out, and kin breakup. the main points of people’ lives let us to know the whole adventure of either slave groups as they worked and enjoyed, and eventually grew to become free.
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