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Vient de paraître : Troubling Freedom : Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation de Natasha Lightfoot, Duke University Press, 2015

vendredi 11 décembre 2015, par Dominique Taurisson-Mouret

  • 336 p. ISBN : 978-0-8223-6007-0 Prix : 25,95 $ (existe aussi en version électronique)

Présentation éditeur :

« In 1834 Antigua became the only British colony in the Caribbean to move directly from slavery to full emancipation. Immediate freedom, however, did not live up to its promise, as it did not guarantee any level of stability or autonomy, and the implementation of new forms of coercion and control made it, in many ways, indistinguishable from slavery. In Troubling Freedom Natasha Lightfoot tells the story of how Antigua’s newly freed black working people struggled to realize freedom in their everyday lives, prior to and in the decades following emancipation. She presents freedpeople’s efforts to form an efficient workforce, acquire property, secure housing, worship, and build independent communities in response to elite prescriptions for acceptable behavior and oppression. Despite its continued efforts, Antigua’s black population failed to convince whites that its members were worthy of full economic and political inclusion. By highlighting the diverse ways freedpeople defined and created freedom through quotidian acts of survival and occasional uprisings, Lightfoot complicates conceptions of freedom and the general narrative that landlessness was the primary constraint for newly emancipated slaves in the Caribbean. »

Natasha Lightfoot is Associate Professor of History at Columbia University

Table des matières :

Introduction. « Me No B’longs to Dem » : Emancipation’s Possibilities and Limits in Antigua 1

1. A Landscape That Continually Recurred in Passing : The Many Worlds of a Small Place 21

2. So Them Make Laws for Negro, So Them Make Law for Master : Antigua’s 1831 Sunday Market Rebellion 57

3. But Freedom till Better : Labor Struggles after 1834 84

4. An Equality with the Highest in the Land ? : The Expansion of Black Private and Public Life 117

5. Sinful Conexions : Christianity, Social Surveillance, and Black Women’s Bodies in Distress 142

6. Mashing Ants : Surviving the Economic Crisis after 1846 167

7. Our Side : Antigua’s 1858 Uprising and the Contingent Nature of Freedom 195

8. « My Color Broke Me Down » : Postslavery Violence and Incomplete Freedom in the British Caribbean 224

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