Afterlives of Slavery on the Post-Emancipation Caribbean Plantation

Author(s): Matthew Reilly; Genevieve Godbout

Year: 2017


This paper offers some opening remarks that introduce the conceptual framework informing this session. A rich body of archaeological literature has investigated plantation slavery in the Caribbean region, but far less attention has been paid to the post-emancipation landscape and the significant transformations that affected the lives of laborers. We seek to address how a focus on the post-emancipation Caribbean plantation landscape can provide unique insights into how notions of freedom were put into practice and experienced in addition to investigating the changes that have directly led to the state of the contemporary Caribbean. Brief examples from the English West Indies, Antigua and Barbados, are provided to highlight what a post-emancipation archaeology of the Caribbean can contribute to our understandings of plantation life.

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Afterlives of Slavery on the Post-Emancipation Caribbean Plantation. Matthew Reilly, Genevieve Godbout. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435133)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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