Cover, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. vii

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Preface

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pp. ix-x

Caribbean Slave Revolts and the British Abolitionist Movement studies the British antislavery movement and the major nineteenth-century slave revolts in the English colonies, particularly those in Barbados (1816), Demerara (1823), and Jamaica...

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Acknowledgments

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p. xi

First, I must express my deepest gratitude to my supervisor at the University of Hull, Professor David Richardson. I deeply appreciate his unfailing concern for my well-being, his support of every academic adventure I embarked on during my three years...

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-27

This book analyzes four aspects of the British antislavery discourse on the slave rebellions that erupted in the British West Indies in the first three decades of the nineteenth century. Chapter 2 focuses on the abolitionists’ denial that antislavery agitation prompted slave revolts and their attempts...

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2. Agitating the Question

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pp. 28-57

This chapter examines the circumstances that cleared the path for the emergence of the British abolitionists’ slave rebellion discourse. The slaves’ decision to rebel just when abolitionists had begun to attack the institution of slavery itself unlocked an offensive and defensive pro- and...

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3. The Other Side of Slave Revolts

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pp. 58-95

The attempt to satisfactorily interpret the nineteenth-century slave rebellions in the British West Indies presents the historian with great difficulties. Generally uneducated, slave rebels were unable to leave records articulating their own perception of rebellion. The slave records that do...

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4. Loaded with Deadly Evidence

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pp. 96-134

British abolitionists challenged the common and negative perception of slave revolts that was shaped by slavery advocates and presented instead a more sympathetic depiction of the slaves’ revolt. They did not merely intend to dismiss planter descriptions...

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5. Apocalyptic Warning

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pp. 135-179

This chapter explores the most dynamic lesson that British abolitionists extracted from the nineteenth-century slave rebellions in the British West Indies. It examines how abolitionists used rebellions to warn of the dangers they posed to the British Empire and to individuals with economic...

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6. Conclusion

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pp. 180-183

British antislavery discourse on the major nineteenth-century slave revolts in the Caribbean colonies was, in a sense, a defensive one. By taking the initiative to rise in rebellion immediately after each wave of abolitionist-sponsored programs, the slaves enabled proslavery advocates to make a...

Bibliography

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pp. 185-197