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Unfree Labor: Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Colonial and Post-Colonial Caribbean Lives
The work on unfair/unfree labor presented in this LibGuide ranges from the beginning of colonization in the Caribbean to present-day Caribbean life. The Caribbean was first colonized by Europeans in the 15th century and later became a major site of enslaved labor. Although the time of chattel slavery in the Caribbean is long past, the daily lives of Caribbean nationals are still affected by its echoes. There are a variety of sources, from books and articles to informational videos. The purpose of this site is to bring to light how colonialism has shaped Caribbean societies today.
Caribbean Literature and the Public Sphere by Raphael Dalleo
Publication Date: 2011-10-17
While constructing a new and interesting view on the history of the Caribbean, Dalleo uses multiple kinds of anthropology to reconstruct the lives of peoples in the Caribbean. Looking through economic, political, and social structures Dalleo re-imagines what life would be like for enslaved and free peoples in the Caribbean.
I, Too, Am America by Theresa A. Singleton (Editor)
Publication Date: 1999-08-29
Chapter 9 of Singleton's volume is written by Douglas V. Armstrong on Caribbean plantation archaeology and covers the merging of African, European, and local influences in the Caribbean that resulted in a very distinct culture. During the early era of colonization in the Caribbean there was a notable merging of African and European influences on many things such as potting styles for growing plants and potware for cooking. The archaeological record allows us to follow the daily lives of people of the African diaspora.
Brimstone Hill Fortress is historically one of the largest military complexes in the Caribbean. During its time as a military complex, enslaved people were expected to work to upkeep the base. Gerald F. Schroedl and Todd M. Ahlman explore the ways in which enslaved people and British soldiers held onto their cultural identities during this time, using archaeological evidence.
Myths and Realities of Caribbean History by Basil A. Reid
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
This book takes the reader through the postcolonial history of the Caribbean. It explores eleven myths about Caribbean history and challenges readers' Eurocentric knowledge of history. This book takes a strong stance on the realities of Caribbean history, using archaeological research to bust these myths.
This book discusses a period of time when people were not slaves in St. Kitts, but they were expected to work and so they were still unfree. The formerly enslaved people fought back, demanding fair wages and their freedom. Richard Frucht explores how slave systems worked due to different social elements.
The Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery is an online collaborative archaeological research initiative that contains information on sites of slavery in the Chesapeake, the Carolinas, and the Caribbean. It documents fieldwork and features from excavations, stratigraphic analyses, site maps, and some 3D laser scans of artifacts.
This database is a collection of anything and everything that relates to the Caribbean. There are vintage photos of people’s home to records of sporting events to documentation of slavery on the islands. There are many sources from many perspectives.