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By Richard S. Dunn

Forty years in the past, after book of his pathbreaking ebook Sugar and Slaves, Richard Dunn begun a radical research of 2 thousand slaves residing on plantations, one in North the US and one within the Caribbean. Digging deeply into the information, he has reconstructed the person lives and collective reviews of 3 generations of slaves at the Mesopotamia sugar property in Jamaica and the Mount ethereal plantation in tidewater Virginia, to appreciate the starkly varied varieties slavery might take. Dunn’s attractive success is a wealthy and compelling background of bondage in very diverse Atlantic international settings.

From the mid-eighteenth century to emancipation in 1834, lifestyles in Mesopotamia used to be formed and stunted by way of lethal paintings regimens, rampant affliction, and dependence at the slave exchange for brand new workers. At Mount ethereal, the place the inhabitants always multiplied until eventually emancipation in 1865, the “surplus” slaves have been bought or moved to far away paintings websites, and households have been regularly 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 hint a Mesopotamia fieldhand via each degree of her bondage, and distinction her harsh therapy with the fortunes of her rebellious mulatto son and smart quadroon granddaughter. We tune a Mount ethereal craftworker via a stormy lifetime of interracial intercourse, get away, and relatives breakup. the main points of people’ lives permit us to understand the whole event of either slave groups as they worked and enjoyed, and finally grew to become free.

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His wife Lady Caroline Tufton was the daughter of the Earl of Thanet. 42 The younger Barham enjoyed a significant career in the House of Commons. In 1793 he bought one of the two seats in Stockbridge, a notorious rotten borough in Hampshire, and sat for Stockbridge in 1793– 1799, 1802–1806, and 1807–1822. He soon had to deal with Wilberforce’s effort to ban the Atlantic slave trade. This was an issue that troubled him. While in Jamaica he had witnessed “some disgusting scenes”— perhaps slave auctions or slave floggings— and he came to believe that the continuous influx of new slaves from Africa had a corrupting influence on the sugar planters, who tended to abuse their workers because they could easily buy new ones.

Many of the problems from 1762 persisted. The proportion of youngsters under age twenty was even smaller than in 38 A Tale of Two Plantations 1762, and the proportion of females was also smaller. The sex ratio had risen from 131:100 to 134:100. The inventory of December 1789 also indicates a dismal health status for nearly all of the older Mesopotamia slaves. Only 14 percent of the 102 men and women past age thirty-five in 1789 were described as “able”; 86 percent were described as sick, weak, or infi rm; and 13 percent were so incapacitated that they were listed as invalids unable to work.

Though he left the Moravian community at Bedford, Barham continued to support the Moravian mission at Mesopotamia. And between 1784 and 1786 he bought sixty-five new slaves for Mesopotamia—twenty-four Africans from the slave ships and forty-one seasoned slaves from a Westmoreland estate called Three Mile River. ”36 The slave population climbed to a new high of 303 in 1786, sugar production at Mesopotamia expanded to 300 hogsheads, and gross income from the estate rose to £9,000 sterling per annum.

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