The Economics of Emancipation: Jamaica and Barbados, 1823-1843 / Edition 1

The Economics of Emancipation: Jamaica and Barbados, 1823-1843 / Edition 1

by Kathleen Mary Butler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807845019

ISBN-13: 9780807845011

Pub. Date: 05/22/1995

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

The British Slavery Abolition Act of 1834 provided a grant of u20 million to compensate the owners of West Indian slaves for the loss of their human 'property.' In this first comparative analysis of the impact of the award on the colonies, Mary Butler focuses on Jamaica and Barbados, two of Britain's premier sugar islands. The Economics of Emancipation

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The British Slavery Abolition Act of 1834 provided a grant of u20 million to compensate the owners of West Indian slaves for the loss of their human 'property.' In this first comparative analysis of the impact of the award on the colonies, Mary Butler focuses on Jamaica and Barbados, two of Britain's premier sugar islands. The Economics of Emancipation examines the effect of compensated emancipation on colonial credit, landownership, plantation land values, and the broader spheres of international trade and finance. Butler also brings the role and status of women as creditors and plantation owners into focus for the first time. Through her analysis of rarely used chancery court records, attorneys' letters, and compensation returns, Butler underscores the fragility of the colonial economies of Jamaica and Barbados, illustrates the changing relationship between planters and merchants, and offers new insights into the social and political history of the West Indies and Britain.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807845011
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/22/1995
Edition description:
1
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1The West India Lobby, 1823-18337
Ch. 2Commissioners and Financiers25
Ch. 3Debt Reduction, 1833-184344
Ch. 4Credit and Creditors64
Ch. 5Expansion and Speculation74
Ch. 6White Women in the Plantation Economy92
Ch. 7Decline and Partition109
Ch. 8International Trade and Finance121
Epilogue140
Appendix143
Notes151
Bibliography173
Index189

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