Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713 / Edition 1

Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713 / Edition 1

by Richard S. Dunn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807848778

ISBN-13: 9780807848777

Pub. Date: 05/31/2000

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

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

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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 terms the least successful, in English America.

"A masterly analysis of the Caribbean plantation slave society, its lifestyles, ethnic relations, afflictions, and peculiarities.—Journal of Modern History

"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.—New York Review of Books

"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.—American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807848777
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/31/2000
Series:
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
558,688
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.96(d)

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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