Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean
Co-sponsored by the Program in Early American Economy and Society & The McNeil Center for Early American Studies
5:30 pm Reception
6:00 pm Lecture & Book Signing with Dr. Randy Browne
Atlantic slave societies were notorious deathtraps. In Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean, Randy M. Browne looks past the familiar numbers of life and death and into a human drama in which enslaved Africans and their descendants struggled to survive against their enslavers, their environment, and sometimes one another.
Provocative and unflinching, Browne’s book reorients the study of Atlantic slavery by revealing how differently enslaved people’s social relationships, cultural practices, and political strategies appear when seen in the light of their unrelenting struggle to survive.
“Drawing upon a remarkable archive of protests by the enslaved, Randy M. Browne thoroughly reimagines the politics of slavery. … he carefully teases out the slaves’ multifaceted struggle for survival in some of the most brutal conditions ever known. These black lives matter to Browne…as much for what they tell us about humanity writ large as for how they compel us to rethink the world of Atlantic slavery from the inside out.”—Vincent Brown, author of The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery
“Randy M. Browne’s important study of the late slavery period in Berbice uses a rich, but surprisingly underused, set of sources—reports of the fiscals and protectors of slaves—to take a fresh approach to the study of Caribbean slave societies. Browne is attentive to the multiple dynamics of power and the complexity of the situation of many enslaved people.”—Diana Paton, Edinburgh University
“Deeply researched, clearly written, provocative, and significant, Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean is a paradigm-shifting book.”—Justin Roberts, Dalhousie University