Mastery, Tyranny, and Desire Thomas Thistlewood and His Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World

ISBN-10: 0807855251
ISBN-13: 9780807855256
Edition: 2004
Authors: Trevor Burnard
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Book details

List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 5/24/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Eighteenth-century Jamaica, Britain's largest and most valuable slave-owning colony, relied on a brutal system of slave management to maintain its tenuous social order. Trevor Burnard provides unparalleled insight into Jamaica's vibrant but harsh African and European cultures with a comprehensive examination of the extraordinary diary of plantation owner Thomas Thistlewood. Thistlewood's diary, kept over the course of forty years, describes in graphic detail how white rule over slaves was predicated on the infliction of terror on the bodies and minds of slaves. Thistlewood treated his slaves cruelly even while he relied on them for his livelihood. Along with careful notes on sugar production, Thistlewood maintained detailed records of a sexual life that fully expressed the society's rampant sexual exploitation of slaves. In Burnard's hands, Thistlewood's diary reveals a great deal not only about the man and his slaves but also about the structure and enforcement of power, changing understandings of human rights and freedom, and connections among social class, race, and gender, as well as sex and sexuality, in the plantation system.

Acknowledgments
The gray zone : an introduction to Thomas Thistlewood and his diaries
Mastery and competency : Thistlewood earns a living
Cowskin heroes : Thistlewood, slavery, and white egalitarianism
In the scientific manner : Thistlewood and the practical enlightenment in a slavery regime
Weapons of the strong and responses of the weak : Thistlewood's war with his slaves
Cooperation and contestation, intimacy and distance : Thistlewood and his male slaves
Adaptation, accomodation, and resistance : Thistlewood's slave women and their responses to enslavement
The life and times of Thomas Thistlewood, esquire : gardener and slave owner
Notes
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