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Laurent Dubois and Richard Lee Turits

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469653600

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653600.001.0001

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Emancipation and the Rooting of Freedom

Emancipation and the Rooting of Freedom

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(p.93) 3 Emancipation and the Rooting of Freedom
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Freedom Roots
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Laurent Dubois

Richard Lee Turits

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653600.003.0004

The history of emancipation in the Caribbean stretches from the first struggles of maroon communities to free themselves through the ongoing struggles that have emerged after slavery. We trace this long history first by exploring the history of the maroons, then by turning to the abolition of slavery during the Haitian Revolution and in the British Caribbean in the early 19th century, through a focus on the role of rumors of abolition. We then turn to a focus on how the formerly enslaved anchored their freedom in forms of family land ownership that continues to shape life in the Caribbean.

Keywords:   Emancipation, Abolition, Rumor, Haitian Revolution, Family Land

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