Slave Society in the Danish West Indies: St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix

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University of the West Indies Press, 1992 - History - 287 pages
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This volume is an account of the development and destruction of slavery in St Thomas, St John and St Croix, the Caribbean islands which today comprise the US Virgin Islands. The book sees slavery as fundamental to the entire fabric of colonial society, and pays particular attention to the social and political life of the whites and freedmen in interaction with the slaves.
 

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Contents

Slaveowning Ideology
34
Slaves and the
56
Slavery on the Plantations
70
Slavery in Christiansted
87
Independent Slave Activity
110
Grand Marronage
124
The Emergence
139
Emigre Freedmen
178
Education Amelioration
191
Emancipation and Its Aftermath
208
Notes
229
Bibliography
265
Index
277
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B. W. Higman is the William Keith Hancock Professor of History at the Australian National University. He is the author of ten books on Caribbean history, archaeology and geography, including Slave Population and Economy in Jamaica, 1807 1834 (Cambridge University Press, 1976, awarded the Bancroft Prize), Plantation Jamaica 1750 1850: Capital and Control in a Colonial Economy (2005) and Jamaican Food: History, Biology, Culture (2008). Higman is Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Jamaica.

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