Slavery and the Enlightenment in the British Atlantic, 1750-1807 - pr_31676

Slavery and the Enlightenment in the British Atlantic, 1750-1807

By Professor Justin Roberts

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This book examines the daily details of slave work routines and plantation agriculture in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic, focusing on case studies of large plantations in Barbados, Jamaica and Virginia. Work was the most important factor in the slaves' experience of the institution. Slaves' day-to-day work routines were shaped by plantation management strategies that drew on broader pan-Atlantic intellectual and cultural principles. Although scholars often associate the late eighteenth-century Enlightenment with the rise of notions of liberty and human rights and the dismantling of slavery, this book explores the dark side of the Enlightenment for plantation slaves. Many planters increased their slaves' workloads and employed supervisory technologies to increase labor discipline in ways that were consistent with the process of industrialization in Europe. British planters offered alternative visions of progress by embracing restrictions on freedom and seeing increasing labor discipline as central to the project of moral and economic improvement.

Product code: 9781107680753

ISBN 9781107680753
Publisher Cambridge University Press
No. of pages 366
Dimensions H229xW152xS21
This book focuses on how Enlightenment ideas shaped plantation management and slave work routines. It shows how work dictated slaves' experiences and influenced their families and communities on large plantations, and examines plantation management schemes, agricultural routines and work regimes in more detail than other scholars have done.