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Children of Uncertain Fortune: Mixed-Race Jamaicans in Britain and the Atlantic Family, 1733-1833

Daniel Livesay


This book traces the lives of more than three hundred mixed-race Jamaicans who left the Caribbean for Britain in the eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. Born to free and enslaved women of color and wealthy white men, these individuals fled Jamaica owing to its lack of schools, legal restrictions, and colonial prejudice. In Britain they lived with paternal relatives, attended expensive boarding schools, and apprenticed with their father’s extended networks. Many used this refined British upbringing as a launching pad for an eventual return to Jamaica, or to venture to other parts of the ... More

Keywords: Atlantic, racial ideology, mixed-race Jamaicans, family, slavery, Jamaica and the Caribbean, British culture, free people of color, Early America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469634432
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469634432.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Livesay, author
Claremont McKenna College