By Richard S. Dunn
Forty years in the past, after book of his pathbreaking ebook Sugar and Slaves, Richard Dunn started a radical research of 2 thousand slaves residing on plantations, one in North the USA and one within the Caribbean. Digging deeply into the data, he has reconstructed the person lives and collective stories of 3 generations of slaves at the Mesopotamia sugar property in Jamaica and the Mount ethereal plantation in tidewater Virginia, to appreciate the starkly various kinds slavery may take. Dunn’s lovely success is a wealthy and compelling background of bondage in very various Atlantic international settings.
From the mid-eighteenth century to emancipation in 1834, existence in Mesopotamia was once formed and stunted via lethal paintings regimens, rampant illness, and dependence at the slave alternate for brand spanking new workers. At Mount ethereal, the place the inhabitants constantly increased till emancipation in 1865, the “surplus” slaves have been bought or moved to far-off paintings websites, and households have been frequently damaged up. Over 200 of those Virginia slaves have been despatched 8 hundred miles to the Cotton South.
In the genealogies that Dunn has painstakingly assembled, we will be able to hint a Mesopotamia fieldhand via each level of her bondage, and distinction her harsh therapy with the fortunes of her rebellious mulatto son and shrewdpermanent quadroon granddaughter. We song a Mount ethereal craftworker via a stormy lifetime of interracial intercourse, get away, and relatives breakup. the main points of people’ lives let us to know the entire adventure of either slave groups as they worked and enjoyed, and finally grew to become free.