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

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Overview

Drawing upon such sources as travelers' accounts, plantation records, census returns, wills, inventories, land patents, maps, and parish registers, Richard Dunn presents a composite portrait of plantation life in the Caribbean three centuries ago.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2008

    Caribbean History

    Sugar and Slaves is a well written narrative that successfully tells the history of the colonization of the Caribbean Islands.

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