The Political Languages of Emancipation in the British Caribbean and the U.S. South

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2002 - 238 pages
This comparative study examines the emancipation process in the British Caribbean, particularly Jamaica, during the 1830s and in the United States, particularly South Carolina, during the 1860s. Analyzing the intellectual and ideological foundations of po

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Contents

The Song That Antislavery Sung Abolition and the Great Transformation
23
A Steady and Certain Command of Labour Political Languages in the Immediate Postemancipation AngloAmericas
41
This Work of Civilization The Secular Evangelical Mission of the Special Magistrates and the Freedmens Bureau Officials
67
The Vexed Question of Original Unity The Political Language of Race and the Politics of Emancipation
101
Delusions of a False Canaan On Morant Bay Redemption and the Incomplete Victory of Emancipation
131
The Paradox of Emancipation and the Limits of Abolitionist Thought
167
Notes
181
Bibliography
211
Index
227
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Page 13 - My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it ; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.
Page 3 - For this much all men know: despite compromise, war, and struggle, the Negro is not free. In the backwoods of the Gulf States, for miles and miles, he may not leave the plantation of his birth; in well-nigh the whole rural South the black farmers are peons, bound by law and custom to an economic slavery, from which the only escape is death or the penitentiary. In the most cultured sections and cities of the South the Negroes are a segregated servile caste, with restricted rights and privileges. Before...

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Demetrius L. Eudell is assistant professor of U.S. history and African American studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

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