Saturday, October 3, 2009

Bernard Moitt – Slavery in the Caribbean

Bernard Moitt – Slavery in the Caribbean and United States and United States: Comparison and Contrasts.

Dr. Bernard Moitt of Virginia Commonwealth University lectured on slavery in the Caribbean, using slides to illustrate his points.

Equiano is a good work to look at – There are questions about it, but a legitimate account of how people were captured and transported. Africans had a hand in it as well. A complex business investments involving many parties. Suffering was tremendous from capture to landing. Amount of resistance was great in spite of the cruelty and great fear imposed through terror.

Caribbean served as a model for development of model – as well as the system of resistance. Sugar revolution in Barbados – 1640. Barbados mother for rest of Caribbean.

See also

Bernard’s 2002 Stratford Presentation:

Bernard Moitt. Women and Slavery in the French Antilles, 1635-1848. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001. xviii + 218 pp. Tables, maps, notes, bibliography, index. $49.95 (cloth), ISBN 0-253-21452-1.

1 comment:

  1. A great book on a West African slave port that describes the African "big men" who consider themselves kings, competition between their two slaving towns, the process of getting captured Africans onto ships, the politics between the black slave suppliers and the European slave ship captains, and the experience of two members of the black royal family who were enslaved is called "The Two Princes of Calabar: An Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey" (sorry, no underline available) by Randy J. Sparks