Searching for the Invisible Man: Slaves and Plantation Life in Jamaica

Searching for the Invisible Man: Slaves and Plantation Life in Jamaica

by Michael Craton
     
 

Though centered on a single Jamaican sugar estate, and dealing largely with the period of formal slavery, this book is firmly placed in far wider contexts of place and time. The "Invisible Man" of the title is found, in the end, to be not just the formal slave but the ordinary black worker throughout the history of the plantation system.See more details below

Overview

Though centered on a single Jamaican sugar estate, and dealing largely with the period of formal slavery, this book is firmly placed in far wider contexts of place and time. The "Invisible Man" of the title is found, in the end, to be not just the formal slave but the ordinary black worker throughout the history of the plantation system.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674796294
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/26/1978
Pages:
466
Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.36(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Worthy Park and Its Context, 1670-1975

Part 1: The Slave Population at Large

1. The Population before 1783

2. Demographic Patterns, 1783-1838

3. Mortality, Fertility, Life Expectancy, 1783-1838

4. Death, Disease, Medicine, 1783-1838

5. Economics, Employment, Social Cohesion, 1783-1838

Part 2: Individuals in Slave Society, Selected Biographies

Introduction

6. Bunga—Men: Six Africans

7. Conformists: Ten Ordinary Slaves

8. Specialists: Five Slave Craftsmen

9. Accommodators: Five Patterns of Miscegenation

10. Resisters: Five Slave Nonconformists

11. Backra: Three Plantation Whites

Part 3: The Sons of Slavery

12. The Transition to Free Wage Labor, 1834-1846

13. Continuities: Worthy Park's Modern Workers

14. The Rope Unraveled and Respliced: The Evidence of Genealogy

15. From House Slave to Middle Class: The Descendants of John Price Nash

16. From Field Slave to Peasant-Proletarian: The Descendants of Biddy and Nelson

17. Coda and Conclusion: The Seamless Cloth

Appendixes

A. The Slave Data and Its Deficiencies

B. The Computer Programs

C. A Doctor's Views on Childbirth, Infant Mortality, and the General Health of His Slave Charges, 1788

D. Medicine at Worthy Park, 1824

Notes

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