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Planters and Slavery


“Why is it we hear the loudest yelps for liberty from the drivers of slaves.” (Samuel Johnson). Discuss.

“Early colonial Jamaica was much more than a failed settler society; it was an abundant garden of power and terror.” Discuss

To what extent can the relations between whites and blacks in antebellum Virginia be considered through the prism of paternalism?


Jack P. Greene, “Liberty, Slavery, and the Transformation of British Identity in the Eighteenth-Century West Indies,” Slavery and Abolition, 21 (2000), 1-31.

Vincent Brown, The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2008), 17-59

William Dusinberre, Strategies for Survival: Recollections of Bondage in Antebellum Virginia (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009), 73-120