Economics of Emancipation Kathleen Mary Butler

ISBN: 9780807845011

Published: May 22nd 1995

Paperback

216 pages


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Economics of Emancipation  by  Kathleen Mary Butler

Economics of Emancipation by Kathleen Mary Butler
May 22nd 1995 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 216 pages | ISBN: 9780807845011 | 8.18 Mb

The British Slavery Abolition Act of 1834 provided a grant of u20 million to compensate the owners of West Indian slaves for the loss of their human property. In this first comparative analysis of the impact of the award on the colonies, MaryMoreThe British Slavery Abolition Act of 1834 provided a grant of u20 million to compensate the owners of West Indian slaves for the loss of their human property.

In this first comparative analysis of the impact of the award on the colonies, Mary Butler focuses on Jamaica and Barbados, two of Britains premier sugar islands. The Economics of Emancipation examines the effect of compensated emancipation on colonial credit, landownership, plantation land values, and the broader spheres of international trade and finance. Butler also brings the role and status of women as creditors and plantation owners into focus for the first time.

Through her analysis of rarely used chancery court records, attorneys letters, and compensation returns, Butler underscores the fragility of the colonial economies of Jamaica and Barbados, illustrates the changing relationship between planters and merchants, and offers new insights into the social and political history of the West Indies and Britain.



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