By D.A. Dunkley

ISBN-10: 0739168037

ISBN-13: 9780739168035

ISBN-10: 073919741X

ISBN-13: 9780739197417

In Agency of the Enslaved: Jamaica and the tradition of Freedom within the Atlantic World, D.A. Dunkley demanding situations the proposal that enslavement fostered the tradition of freedom within the former colonies of Western Europe within the Americas. Dunkley argues the purpose that the preconception that out of slavery got here freedom has discouraged students from totally exploring the significance of the enterprise displayed through enslaved humans. This examine examines these struggles and argues that those shaped the true foundation of the tradition of freedom within the Atlantic societies. those struggles weren't for freedom, yet for the acknowledgment of the liberty that enslaved humans knew used to be already theirs. Agency of the Enslaved finds a number of significant incidents during which the enslaved in Jamaica—a kingdom Dunkley makes use of as a case examine with wider applicability to the Atlantic world—demonstrated that they seen slavery as an immoral, unlawful, pointless, transitority, and socially deprecating imposition. those perspectives encouraged their makes an attempt to undermine the slave approach that the British had verified in Jamaica almost immediately when they captured the island in 1655. Acts of resistance came about during the island-colony and have been recorded at the sugar plantations and within the courts, colleges, and Christian church buildings. The slaveholders envisaged all of those websites as individuals of their makes an attempt to dominate the enslaved humans. Regardless, the enslaved had re-envisioned and had used those areas as websites of empowerment, and to teach that they'd by no means settle for the designation of ‘slave.'

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