Emancipation in the West Indies: A Six Months' Tour in Antigua, Barbados, and Jamaica, in the Year 1837

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 23, 2010 - History - 498 pages
Published in 1838 by the American Anti-Slavery Society, who had commissioned their investigative tour, Thome and Kimball's Emancipation in the West Indies immediately became an influential abolitionist text. Many anti-abolitionists in America were prophesying major upheaval should slavery be outlawed. Slavery had been officially abolished in the British West Indies in 1827, and the object of the tour was to assess the results there. The islands visited had followed different models ranging from total abolition to a gradual change through apprenticeship until 1838, and the results had proved those who feared abolition wrong. There had been no insurrection or increase in crime, participation in education and religion among former slaves had generally increased, and only the former slave-owners were unhappy about the economic consequences for their estates. The book contains documentary evidence from residents and officials of the islands, describing the effects of emancipation.
 

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Contents

val 15Interview with Clergymen 16with the Governor 17
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with a member of Assembly 18Sabbath 18Service at the
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Market 34Lockup house 34Christmas Holidays 35Co
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vian Station at Cedar Hall 63Conversation with Emancipated
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Missionary Society 83Resolution of the Meeting 86Laying
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Religion 94Statistics of Denominations 94Morality 97
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Profane Language rare 102Statistics of the Bible Society
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Friendly Societies 108Daily Meal Society 111Distressed
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Dinner Party at the Governors 261Testimony concerning
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Communication from Special Justice Colthurst 279Communi
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hostility between master and Apprentice 338Has illustrated
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BARBADOES 211342
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power dies hard 409Notes of cases tried by Special Justice
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Female Traveling Merchant 420Negro Provision Grounds
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Justice Hamilton 423With a Proprietor of Estates and Local
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Statements of Special Justice Ramsey 432Special Justices
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Examination at Parham 117At Willoughby Bay 121Mr
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ANTIGUA PART III
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the Slave 137Adopted from Political and Pecuniary considera
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More work done and better done since Emancipation 161Free
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raony of the Manager 221Dinner Party at Lears 227Ride
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Atrocities perpetrated by Masters and Magistrates 438Causes
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JAMAICA 343461
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APPENDIX 463480
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nication from the Solicitor General of Jamaica 468Communi
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