Slavery without Sugar: Diversity in Caribbean Economy and Society Since the 17th Century

Slavery without Sugar: Diversity in Caribbean Economy and Society Since the 17th Century


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The plantation economy model - at its core the sugar plantation complex that structured Caribbean society along a rigid enslaver-enslaved line - has so pervaded Caribbean historiography that it has often masked the social and economic diversification that existed in the age of sugar. Equally veiled are the gender, class, and ethnic heterogeneity of the slave-holding class and the variation in the occupations and lived experience of the enslaved population. This volume seeks to reopen discourse on Caribbean slave society by showing how diverse the economy and society really were and how varied were the experiences of the enslaved.

About Author

Verene A. Shepherd is associate professor of history at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Her published works include Transients to Settlers, Caribbean Slavery in the Atlantic World, and Working Slavery, Pricing Freedom.


1. Indigo and Slavery in Saint Domingue, by David Geggus 2. Timber Extraction and the Shaping of the Culture of Enslaved Peoples in Belize, by O. Nigel Bolland 3. The Internal Economy of Jamaican Pens, 1760-1890, by B. W. Higman 4. Nonsugar Proprietors in a Sugar-Plantation Society, by Verene A. Shepherd and Kathleen E. A. Monteith 5. Coffee and the "Poorer Sort of People" in Jamaica during the Period of African Enslavement, by S. D. Smith 6. Slavery and Cotton Culture in the Bahamas, by Gail Saunders 7. State Enslavement in Colonial Havana, 1763-90, by Evelyn Powell Jennings 8. The Urban Context of the Life of the Enslaved: Views from Bridgetown, Barbados, in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, by Pedro L. V. Welch 9. Freedom without Liberty: Free Blacks in Barbados, by Hilary McD. Beckles 10. The Free Colored Population in Cuba during the Nineteenth Century, by Franklin W. Knight 11. "-Quien Trabajara?": Domestic Workers, Urban Enslaved Workers, and the Abolition of Slavery in Puerto Rico, by Felix Matos Rodriguez

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780813025520
  • Format: Hardback
  • ID: 9780813025520
  • ISBN10: 0813025524

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