Caribbean Slave Revolts and the British Abolitionist by Gelien Matthews

By Gelien Matthews

during this illuminating examine, Gelien Matthews demonstrates how slave rebellions within the British West Indies prompted the strategies of abolitionists in England and the way the rhetoric and activities of the abolitionists emboldened slaves. relocating among the area of the British Parliament and the world of Caribbean plantations, Matthews finds a transatlantic dialectic of antislavery agitation and slave rebel that finally inspired the dismantling of slavery in British-held territories.

Focusing on slave revolts that happened in Barbados in 1816, in Demerara in 1823, and in Jamaica in 1831–32, Matthews identifies 4 key facets in British abolitionist propaganda relating to Caribbean slavery: the denial that antislavery activism brought on slave revolts, the try and comprehend and recount slave uprisings from the slaves' views, the portrayal of slave rebels as sufferers of armed suppressors and as brokers of the antislavery circulation, and the presentation of revolts as a motive opposed to the continuance of slavery. She makes intelligent use of formerly neglected guides of British abolitionists to turn out that their language replaced through the years according to slave uprisings.

Historians formerly have tested the industrial, spiritual, and political bases for slavery's abolishment within the Caribbean, yet Matthews right here emphasizes the service provider of slaves within the march towards freedom. Her compelling paintings is a priceless analytical device within the interpretation of abolition in North the US, uncovering the real connections among rebellious slaves on one aspect of the Atlantic and abolitionists at the different side.

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