Plantation Coffee in Jamaica 1790-1848
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Plantation Coffee in Jamaica 1790-1848

By Kathleen E. A. Monteith
US$ 24.96
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Book Description

Plantation Coffee in Jamaica, 1790–1848 is the first comprehensive history of the Jamaican coffee industry, covering a period of rapid expansion and decline. The primary objective is to examine the structure and performance of the industry and to demonstrate the extent to which it contributed to the diversity of the Jamaican economy and society in this period. All of this is examined within the context of a period characterized by significant structural shifts in the then emerging global economy.

As a work in economic history, the book is based on solid archival research and econometric analysis. Kathleen E.A. Monteith examines the changing levels of production, trade, productivity, and profitability of the industry and discusses the people involved in the industry, both free and enslaved. A demographic profile of the coffee planters and their familial relationships is established. The work experience of the enslaved men, women and children in the coffee industry, their organization, the nature of their works and their resistance to enslavement are also discussed. The clash of interests between the former enslaved people and coffee planters with respect to labour availability in the industry in the immediate post-slavery period are discussed also. Throughout the book, wherever possible, comparisons are made with other sectors of the Jamaican economy, especially with the sugar industry. Differences are explained in terms of environment, scale and the nature of production.

Plantation Coffee in Jamaica, 1790–1848 contributes fresh material and interrogates data in systematic ways not previously undertaken by scholars in this area. Strikingly original are the sections dealing with the backgrounds of the coffee planters, drawing on sources only recently available for exploitation, notably the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership database, family history and genealogical websites, and the sections dealing with profitability. This book compares well with other works in Caribbean history published at this level of scholarship. It has no immediate rivals in its specific field.

Table of Contents
  • Frontispiece
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • List of Figures
  • List of Plates
  • List of Tables
  • PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  • INTRODUCTION
  • 1. PARISH DISTRIBUTION AND SIZE OF PROPERTIES
  • 2. THE COFFEE PLANTERS
  • 3. PLANTING AND PROCESSING
  • 4. LABOUR MANAGEMENT, WORK REGIMEN AND RESISTANCE
  • 5. PROFITABILITY AND DECLINE
  • 6. EMANCIPATION AND LABOUR
  • CONCLUSION: JAMAICAN COFFEE IN THE AGE OF GLOBAL TRANSFORMATION
  • APPENDICES
    • APPENDIX 1. PARISH DISTRIBUTION OF COFFEE-PRODUCING PROPERTIES IN JAMAICA, 1799 AND 1836
    • APPENDIX 2. FREQUENCY ACREAGE OF COFFEE PROPERTIES, 1832
    • APPENDIX 3. FREQUENCY NUMBER OF ENSLAVED WORKERS ON COFFEE PROPERTIES, 1818 AND 1832
    • APPENDIX 4. ENSLAVED FEMALES ASSIGNED TO FIELD WORK ON MARYLAND PLANTATION, ST ANDREW, 1818
    • APPENDIX 5. ABANDONED COFFEE PLANTATIONS, 1832–1848
    • APPENDIX 6. COFFEE PLANTATIONS IN PRODUCTION IN JAMAICA, 1899
  • NOTES
    • Preface and Acknowledgements
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1
    • Chapter 2
    • Chapter 3
    • Chapter 4
    • Chapter 5
    • Chapter 6
    • Conclusion
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • INDEX
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