The University of the West Indies Press
A Historical Study of Women in Jamaica, 1655-1844
Verene A. Shepherd, Hilary McD. Beckles
A Historical Study of Women in Jamaica, 1655-1844
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Lucille Mathurin Mair's doctoral dissertation submitted in October 1974 became the "most sought-after unpublished work among students and scholars of Caribbean history and culture," say editors Hilary Beckles and Verene Shepherd in the introduction to the book "A Historical Study Of Women In Jamaica 1655-1844," the seminal work now transformed from thesis to a published book.

Lucille Mathurin Mair, well-known historian, author, teacher, activist and diplomat, concluded from her extensive research that, "the white woman consumed, the coloured woman served and the black woman laboured." She creatively used less familiar records of estates, family papers and private correspondence of individuals who were involved in slavery to support her thesis.

Interesting chapters

Part 1 chapters 1 to 3 deal with the Arrivals of White Women, the Arrivals of Black Women and the Growth of the Mulatto group.
Part 2 chapters 4 to 8 focus on the period of plantation construction and mature capitalism and the creation of a racist creole society.
Part 3 postscript, 1834-1844.
Chapter 9 The Beginnings of a Free Society, 1834-1844
Afterword - Recollections into a Journey of a Rebel Past
Appendix population: St. James Parish.
Page 332 to 494 notes, author's bibliography, editors' selected bibliography, index and about the author

In the author's preface written at Mona in 1974 she notes that the "virtual destruction of the indigenous Jamaican people under Spanish occupation made it possible, by the seventeenth century, for English invaders and developers to mould the island's demographic contours in accordance with their economic needs."

Author’s Preface
Part 1. The Female Arrivants, 1655–1770
1 The Arrivals of White Women
2 The Arrivals of Black Women
3 The Growth of the Mulatto Group
Part 2. Creole Slave Society, 1770-1834
4 The White Woman in Jamaican Slave Society
5. The White Woman: Legal Status, Family, Philanthropy and Gender Constraints
6. The Black Woman Demographic Profile, Occupation and Violent Abuse
7. The Black Woman: Agency, Identity and Voice
8. The Mulatto Woman in Jamaican Slave Society
Postscript, 1834-1844
9. The Beginning of a Free Society, 1834–1844
Afterword: Recollections into a Journeyof a Rebel Past
Appendix. Population: St James Parish
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Author’s Bibliography
Editors’ Selected Bibliography
About the Author
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