By Richard S. Dunn
Forty years in the past, after e-book of his pathbreaking booklet Sugar and Slaves, Richard Dunn begun a thorough research of 2 thousand slaves dwelling on plantations, one in North the USA and one within the Caribbean. Digging deeply into the data, he has reconstructed the person lives and collective studies of 3 generations of slaves at the Mesopotamia sugar property in Jamaica and the Mount ethereal plantation in tidewater Virginia, to appreciate the starkly assorted kinds slavery may take. Dunn’s gorgeous success is a wealthy and compelling historical past of bondage in very diverse Atlantic global settings.
From the mid-eighteenth century to emancipation in 1834, existence in Mesopotamia used to be formed and stunted by way of lethal paintings regimens, rampant ailment, and dependence at the slave alternate for brand spanking new employees. At Mount ethereal, the place the inhabitants regularly accelerated till 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 be able to hint a Mesopotamia fieldhand via each degree of her bondage, and distinction her harsh remedy with the fortunes of her rebellious mulatto son and smart quadroon granddaughter. We tune a Mount ethereal craftworker via a stormy lifetime of interracial intercourse, get away, and kin breakup. the main points of people’ lives permit us to know the complete event of either slave groups as they worked and enjoyed, and eventually turned free.
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