Mastery, Tyranny, and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and His Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World

Mastery, Tyranny, and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and His Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World

Trevor Burnard


Eighteenth-century Jamaica, Britain's biggest and most precious slave-owning colony, depended on a brutal method of slave administration to keep up its tenuous social order. Trevor Burnard presents unprecedented perception into Jamaica's brilliant yet harsh African and ecu cultures with a accomplished exam of the extreme diary of plantation proprietor Thomas Thistlewood.

Thistlewood's diary, stored over the process 40 years, describes in image element how white rule over slaves was once predicated at the infliction of terror at the our bodies and minds of slaves. Thistlewood handled his slaves cruelly even whereas he depended on them for his livelihood. in addition to cautious notes on sugar construction, Thistlewood maintained particular documents of a sexual lifestyles that absolutely expressed the society's rampant sexual exploitation of slaves. In Burnard's palms, Thistlewood's diary finds greatly not just concerning the guy and his slaves but in addition concerning the constitution and enforcement of strength, altering understandings of human rights and freedom, and connections between social type, race, and gender, in addition to intercourse and sexuality, within the plantation system.

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