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Reproducing the British CaribbeanSex, Gender, and Population Politics after Slavery$
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Juanita De Barros

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469616056

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469616056.001.0001

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Slavery, Emancipation, and Reproducing the Race

Slavery, Emancipation, and Reproducing the Race

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Reproducing the British Caribbean

Juanita De Barros

University of North Carolina Press

In 1860, Charles Buxton published an impassioned defence of emancipation at a time when growing numbers of Britons were condemning emancipation as a failure. Imperial officials also had increasingly negative views about the results of emancipation, which were linked to questions about population growth. This chapter examines the debates about population growth in Britain's Caribbean colonies—particularly Jamaica, Guyana, and Barbados—both before and immediately after the end of slavery. It links these debates to assessments of the “mighty experiment” of slave emancipation and to some of the major crises that took place in the early years following the end of slavery, including the cholera epidemics of the 1850s.

Keywords:   emancipation, Charles Buxton, population growth, Britain, Caribbean, colonies, Jamaica, slavery, mighty experiment, cholera epidemics

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