British West Indian Slavery, 1750-1834: The Process of Amelioration

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byJ. R. Ward

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The attempts made by British West Indian planters to improve the treatment of their slaves, partly in response to the rise of the anti-slavery movement, are examined in this new study. The measures taken, Dr Ward argues, had a considerable effect in raising both the standard of living and theproductive efficiency of the sugar estates's labour force. Nevertheless, 'amelioration' also suffered serious weaknesses, which ultimately made it ineffective as a means to defend the institution of slavery. This is the first account of Caribbean slavery to be based on the detailed analysis of plantation records from several different sugar colonies. Although focused on the British West Indies, its main theme - the potential for reform and economic development in slave-based societies - has a widersignificance.

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The attempts made by British West Indian planters to improve the treatment of their slaves, partly in response to the rise of the anti-slavery movement, are examined in this new study. The measures taken, Dr Ward argues, had a considerable effect in raising both the standard of living and theproductive efficiency of the sugar estates's...

J. R. Ward is at University of Edinburgh.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 9.84 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198201443

ISBN - 13:9780198201441

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'a well-researched and well-written study of both the short- and long-term changes in sugar planting ... It is difficult in the short space allotted to this review to do justice to the penetrating analysis and fine judgment displayed by the author.'Richard B. Sheridan, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Slavery and Abolition