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‘Not that of mere accident, but of humane treatment’: natural increase and ‘amelioration’ on Grand Sable Estate, St Vincent

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This article investigates the demographic history of Grand Sable sugar estate in nineteenthcentury St Vincent. Exceptionally for a Caribbean plantation, Grand Sable’s enslaved population achieved natural increase (a surplus of births over deaths). Pro-slavery campaigners seized on this achievement to support the cause of gradualist amelioration and to oppose metropolitan regulation of slavery, especially emancipation. Explanations of demographic success advanced by opponents of abolition are ...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1017/S0268416018000073

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
History Faculty
Oxford college:
Brasenose College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Continuity and Change Journal website
Volume:
33
Issue:
1
Pages:
117-144
Publication date:
2018-05-30
Acceptance date:
2017-10-04
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EISSN:
1469-218X
ISSN:
0268-4160
Pubs id:
pubs:738975
URN:
uri:4d265390-cd6b-4eca-8f99-12d5834d44be
UUID:
uuid:4d265390-cd6b-4eca-8f99-12d5834d44be
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pubs:738975

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