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By Gelien Matthews

during this illuminating learn, 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 realm of the British Parliament and the area of Caribbean plantations, Matthews unearths a transatlantic dialectic of antislavery agitation and slave riot that at last prompted the dismantling of slavery in British-held territories.

Focusing on slave revolts that came about 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 caused slave revolts, the try to 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 stream, and the presentation of revolts as a purpose opposed to the continuance of slavery. She makes wise use of formerly neglected courses of British abolitionists to end up that their language replaced through the years according to slave uprisings.

Historians formerly have tested the commercial, non secular, 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 worthy analytical instrument within the interpretation of abolition in North the US, uncovering the real connections among rebellious slaves on one facet of the Atlantic and abolitionists at the different side.

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