Banishment in the Early Atlantic World: Convicts, Rebels and Slaves

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Banishing troublesome and deviant people from society was fundamental to the early modern Atlantic world. Whether Irish or Scottish rebels, English criminals, gypsies, native Americans, or African slaves, many people were in danger of being processed by law and banished to another place. Many European countries removed their rebels, paupers and convicted criminals to remote communities where they could be simultaneously both punished and, with luck, reformed. In the American Revolution those loyal to Britain were...

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Overview

Banishing troublesome and deviant people from society was fundamental to the early modern Atlantic world. Whether Irish or Scottish rebels, English criminals, gypsies, native Americans, or African slaves, many people were in danger of being processed by law and banished to another place. Many European countries removed their rebels, paupers and convicted criminals to remote communities where they could be simultaneously both punished and, with luck, reformed. In the American Revolution those loyal to Britain were threatened with banishment if they did not swear allegiance to the United States, and many were driven into exile.

This book explores the legal and political development of forced migration, focusing on Britain and America. Using examples including individual narratives, collective experiences, and case studies of legal and political strategies from the Atlantic world, it explores how victims were chosen for banishment and considers the impact on people's lives. The authors go on to consider the role of print in disseminating these stories and propose a framework for further study.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441106544
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/15/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Gwenda Morgan is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Durham, UK. She has published widely on law and society in early America. Her latest book is The Debate on the Modern American Revolution: Issues in Historiography (MUP 2007).

Peter Rushton is Reader in Historical Sociology at the University of Sunderland, UK. He has published widely on witchcraft, problems of marriage and family life, the poor law and crime in C18th England. He is the joint author of Eighteenth Century Criminal Transportation (Palgrave, 2004).

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Table of Contents

Introduction \ Part 1 England \ 1. Vagrants and Gypsies \ 2. Rebels, Rioters and Traitors \ 3. Criminals, both the exceptional and the ordinary decent criminals \ Part 2 Associated Jurisdictions \ 4. Scotland and Ireland, contrasted with England \ 5. North America and the Caribbean - Sinners, Convicts and Rebels \ 6. Natives and Slaves \ Part 3 Revolution and After \ 7. Loyalists, Patriots and the American Revolution \ 8. Conclusion — Revolution, Treason and the Nation-State \ Bibliography \ Further Reading \ Index.

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