Newton, Melanie J.

The Children of Africa in the Colonies : Free People of Color in Barbados in the Age of Emancipation - Baton Rouge : LSU Press, 2008. - 1 online resource (337 p.) - eBooks on Demand Antislavery, Abolition, and the Atlantic World . - Antislavery, Abolition, and the Atlantic World .

Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; PART ONE: SLAVES, SUBJECTS, AND CITIZENS: People of African Descent in Barbadian Slave Society; 1. Defining Freedom in the Interstices of Slave Society; 2. Race and Politics in an Age of Insurrection; 3. Racial Segregation and Public Life during the Amelioration Era; 4. New Publics: Afro- Barbadian Oppositional Politics; PART TWO: TIES OF CONSANGUINITY, SUFFERING, AND WRONG: Apprenticeship and Its Aftermath; 5. Discipline and (Dis)Order: Apprenticeship and the Meaning of Freedom 6. Men of Property, Character, and Education: The Afro-Barbadian Bourgeois Public Sphere7. Between Africa and the Empire: Diasporic Consciousness in Postemancipation Society; PART THREE: THE LIMITS OF FREEDOM; 8. The Emigration Debate and Postemancipation Politics; 9. Hard Times and African Dreams; EPILOGUE: The Living Past; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y

When a small group of free men of color gathered in 1838 to celebrate the end of apprenticeship in Barbados, they spoke of emancipation as the moment of freedom for all colored people, not just the former slaves. The fact that many of these men had owned slaves themselves gives a hollow ring to their lofty pronouncements. Yet in The Children of Africa in the Colonies, Melanie J. Newton demonstrates that simply dismissing these men as hypocrites ignores the complexity of their relationship to slavery. Exploring the role of free blacks in Barbados from 1790 to 1860, Newton argues that the emanci

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Free blacks - Barbados - History - 19th century.
Free blacks --Barbados --History --19th century.
Slaves - Emancipation - Social aspects - Barbados.
Slaves --Emancipation --Social aspects --Barbados.


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