Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713

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First published by UNC Press in 1972, Sugar and Slaves presents a vivid portrait of English life in the Caribbean more than three centuries ago. Using a host of contemporary primary sources, Richard Dunn traces the development of plantation slave society in the region. He examines sugar production techniques, the vicious character of the slave trade, the problems of adapting English ways to the tropics, and the appalling mortality rates for both blacks and whites that made these colonies the richest, but in human...
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Overview

First published by UNC Press in 1972, Sugar and Slaves presents a vivid portrait of English life in the Caribbean more than three centuries ago. Using a host of contemporary primary sources, Richard Dunn traces the development of plantation slave society in the region. He examines sugar production techniques, the vicious character of the slave trade, the problems of adapting English ways to the tropics, and the appalling mortality rates for both blacks and whites that made these colonies the richest, but in human terms the least successful, in English America.

About the Author:
Richard S. Dunn is director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Journal of Modern History
A masterly analysis of the Caribbean plantation slave society, its lifestyles, ethnic relations, afflictions, and peculiarities.
New York Review of Books
A remarkable account of the rise of the planter class in the West Indies. . . . Dunn's [work] is rich social history, based on factual data brought to life by his use of contemporary narrative accounts.
American Historical Review
A study of major importance. . . . Dunn not only provides the most solid and precise account ever written of the social development of the British West Indies down to 1713, he also challenges some traditional historical cliches.
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Dunn's work is a model of contemporary historical research. He writes with admirable clarity.

London Financial Times

Dunn's is rich social history, based on factual data brought to life by his use of contemporary narrative accounts.

Willie Lee Rose, New York Review of Books

Professor Dunn has written an excellent book: not only is it informative, it is also readable.

Business History Review

A masterly analysis of the Caribbean plantation slave society, its lifestyles, ethnic relations, afflictions, and peculiarities.

Journal of Modern History

[This] elegantly written book is easily the finest on the subject and a major addition to colonial scholarship.

Journal of Economic History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393006926
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1973
  • Series: Norton Library, N692
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.65 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard S. Dunn is director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Gary B. Nash
Preface
Abbreviations
1. Beyond the Line
2. Barbados: The Rise of the Planter Class
3. Barbados: The Planters in Power
4. The Leeward Islands
5. Jamaica
6. Sugar
7. Slaves
8. Life in the Tropics
9. Death in the Tropics
10. The Legacy
Index

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