Caribbean Exchanges: Slavery and the Transformation of English Society, 1640-1700 / Edition 1

Caribbean Exchanges: Slavery and the Transformation of English Society, 1640-1700 / Edition 1

by Susan Dwyer Amussen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807858544

ISBN-13: 9780807858547

Pub. Date: 09/24/2007

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

English colonial expansion in the Caribbean was more than a matter of migration and trade. It was also a source of social and cultural change within England. Finding evidence of cultural exchange between England and the Caribbean as early as the seventeenth century, Susan Dwyer Amussen uncovers the learned practice of slaveholding.

As English colonists in the

Overview

English colonial expansion in the Caribbean was more than a matter of migration and trade. It was also a source of social and cultural change within England. Finding evidence of cultural exchange between England and the Caribbean as early as the seventeenth century, Susan Dwyer Amussen uncovers the learned practice of slaveholding.

As English colonists in the Caribbean quickly became large-scale slaveholders, they established new organizations of labor, new uses of authority, new laws, and new modes of violence, punishment, and repression in order to manage slaves. Concentrating on Barbados and Jamaica, England's two most important colonies, Amussen looks at cultural exports that affected the development of race, gender, labor, and class as categories of legal and social identity in England. Concepts of law and punishment in the Caribbean provided a model for expanded definitions of crime in England; the organization of sugar factories served as a model for early industrialization; and the construction of the "white woman" in the Caribbean contributed to changing notions of "ladyhood" in England. As Amussen demonstrates, the cultural changes necessary for settling the Caribbean became an important, though uncounted, colonial export.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807858547
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/24/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction. The English Caribbean and Caribbean England
Chapter 1. Trade and Settlement: England and the World in the Seventeenth Century
Chapter 2. Islands of Difference: Crossing the Atlantic, Experiencing the West Indies
Chapter 3. "A happy and innocent way of thriving": Planting Sugar, Building a Society
Chapter 4. "Right English Government": Law and Liberty, Service and Slavery
0 Chapter 5. "Due Order and Subjection": Hierarchy, Resistance, and Repression
Chapter 6. "If her son is living with you she sends her love": The Caribbean in England, 1650-1700
Epilogue. Race, Gender, and Class Crossing the English Atlantic
Notes
Bibliography
Index

A section of illustrations

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