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Slaveholders and revolution: the Jamaican Planter Class, British imperial politics, and the ending of the slave trade, 1775–1807

Slaveholders and revolution: the Jamaican Planter Class, British imperial politics, and the ending of the slave trade, 1775–1807
Slaveholders and revolution: the Jamaican Planter Class, British imperial politics, and the ending of the slave trade, 1775–1807
This article re-examines the declining influence of Jamaican sugar planters within the British Empire during the period between the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1775 and Parliament’s decision to abolish the slave trade in 1807. Much of the existing scholarship emphasises the consequences of the American Revolutionary War and rise of abolitionism during the 1780s as pivotal to the fall of the planters. This article argues that those challenges did not determine the fate of the Jamaican planters. Rather, it was the radicalisation of the French and Haitian Revolutions, and the extended period of war that began in 1793, that led to their eventual defeat over the question of the slave trade.
0144-039X
53-79
Petley, Christer
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Petley, Christer
8575b3f5-b694-44a2-a70e-aa715a74381a

Petley, Christer (2018) Slaveholders and revolution: the Jamaican Planter Class, British imperial politics, and the ending of the slave trade, 1775–1807. Slavery & Abolition, 39 (1), 53-79. (doi:10.1080/0144039X.2017.1341015).

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This article re-examines the declining influence of Jamaican sugar planters within the British Empire during the period between the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1775 and Parliament’s decision to abolish the slave trade in 1807. Much of the existing scholarship emphasises the consequences of the American Revolutionary War and rise of abolitionism during the 1780s as pivotal to the fall of the planters. This article argues that those challenges did not determine the fate of the Jamaican planters. Rather, it was the radicalisation of the French and Haitian Revolutions, and the extended period of war that began in 1793, that led to their eventual defeat over the question of the slave trade.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2 June 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 20 June 2017
Published date: 2018
Organisations: History, Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute

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Local EPrints ID: 410072
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/410072
ISSN: 0144-039X
PURE UUID: 53bd855c-3684-4ae3-9d43-d8f520ad2978

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Date deposited: 03 Jun 2017 04:02
Last modified: 05 Apr 2018 16:30

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