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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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An admirable study.

New West Indian Guide

This study . . . is well worth sitting down and grappling with.

The Americas

This is a painstakingly researched, clearly written, and valuable contribution to British colonial history.

American Historical Review

This is an important book that adds considerably to our knowledge of the tangled history of British abolitionism.

Colonial Latin American Historical Review

Carefully crafted and meticulously researched.

David Barry Gaspar, Duke University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807845011
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/22/1995
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Mary Butler is assistant professor of history at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 The West India Lobby, 1823-1833 7
Ch. 2 Commissioners and Financiers 25
Ch. 3 Debt Reduction, 1833-1843 44
Ch. 4 Credit and Creditors 64
Ch. 5 Expansion and Speculation 74
Ch. 6 White Women in the Plantation Economy 92
Ch. 7 Decline and Partition 109
Ch. 8 International Trade and Finance 121
Epilogue 140
Appendix 143
Notes 151
Bibliography 173
Index 189
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