In Miserable Slavery: Thomas Thistlewood in Jamaica, 1750-86

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University of the West Indies Press, 1999 - History - 321 pages
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Thomas Thistlewood came to Jamaica from Lincolnshire, England in 1750, and lived as an estate overseer and small landowner in western Jamaica until his death in 1786. Throughout his life he kept a record of his daily activities and his observations of life around him. These diaries, about 10,000 pages, were deposited in the Lincolnshire Archives. They contain a rich chronicle of plantation life - its people, social life, agricultural techniques, medicinal remedies and relations between slaves and their owners.

The wealth of information left behind in the Thistlewood's diaries has been fashioned by Professor Hall into a remarkable account of planation life in Jamaica at the height of its era of sugar plantation prosperity. It gives historians and students of history a new perspective on the social history of mid eighteenth century Jamaica, the Tacky Rebellion, and the tenuous relations between planters and the Maroons. This reprint contains a revised index.


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Like Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s A Midwife’s Tale, which preceded this book by seven years, In Miserable Slavery is derived from the personal journal of a person who would otherwise be unknown to us ... Read full review

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I have just read the foreword and introduction so cannot give a review. However, the book was first called to my attention by a male colleague and Afrikan Heritage brother while enraged at the brutality by Thistlewood to his Enslaved particular, the degrading act of making then eat their own faeces.
If I use this as the sole marker for this review,.it would be a diagnosis psycho-spiritual pathological extreme. My review may take longer as I need time out to process hi level of brutality.....


Thistlewoods first crop
1760 following Tacky
Preparing his own
Settling in on the Pen
Unhappily labouring on the Pen
The establishment of Thomas
Acts of men and of God
Towards the end 17811786

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Douglas Hall is a former lecturer in the Department of History, The University of West Indies, Mona.

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