Between Slavery and Freedom: Special Magistrate John Anderson's Journal of St Vincent During the Apprenticeship
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Between Slavery and Freedom: Special Magistrate John Anderson's Journal of St Vincent During the Apprenticeship

By McDonald, Roderick A.
US$ 9.99
Book Description

On August 1, 1834, more than 20,000 African slaves were emancipated in the British Caribbean. As in other areas of the British Empire, however, only slave children under six years of age were freed immediately. The rest were apprenticed to their former owners for a stipulated term of four to six years. It was during this time that more than one hundred men were appointed as special magistrates to oversee and arbitrate between the ex-slaves and their former owners. Among them was John Anderson, a Scottish lawyer, who arrived on the island of St. Vincent in 1836. An uninhibited racist, he ironically became a central player in Caribbean emancipation. For the next two and a half years Anderson compiled a journal describing in extraordinary detail the relationship between the remaining enslaved population, free blacks, and their former owners. His journal documents the lives of different castes of slaves, and also those of whites who lived on the island. While he found all residents -- white and black -- of St. Vincent uncultured, his writings shed light on the island's institutions, the activities of the free colored population, and the character of the towns and rural life.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • List of Maps
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • PART ONE: Introductory Essay
  • PART TWO: John Anderson's Journal
  • APPENDIXES
    • Appendix 1: An Act for the Abolition of Slavery in the Island of Saint Vincent and its Dependencies (1834)
    • Appendix 2: An Act to repeal certain Clauses, and to alter and amend an Act intituled "An Act for the Abolition of Slavery in the Island of Saint Vincent and its Dependencies" (1835)
    • Appendix 3: An Act to provide for the general Registration of all slaves belonging to or settled in these Islands [of Saint Vincent and its Dependencies] (1834)
    • Appendix 4: The Population of St. Vincent during the Apprenticeship
    • Appendix 5: St. Vincent Special Magistrates, 1834–1838
    • Appendix 6: An Act for establishing a Police for the Regulation of Apprenticed Labourers, and for carrying into effect certain provisions of an Act, intituled, "An Act for the Abolition of Slavery in the Island of Saint Vincent and its Dependencies" (1834)
    • Appendix 7: A General Scale of Agricultural Labour. To be performed by the effective Apprentices in the Colony of St. Vincent
    • Appendix 8: Kingstown Gaol: Description and Regulations
    • Appendix 9: Kingstown House of Correction and Treadmill: Description and Regulations
    • Appendix 10: Rules and Regulations for the Gaol, Houses of Correction, and other Prisons in the Island of St. Vincent and its Dependencies
    • Appendix 11: Punishments of Apprentices in St. Vincent (1835–36)
    • Appendix 12: An Act to amend the Act for the Abolition of Slavery in the British Colonies (1838)
    • Appendix 13: An Act to abrogate the Apprenticeship of Praedial Labourers in the Island of St. Vincent and its Dependencies (1838)
    • Appendix 14: Address of his Excellency Lieutenant-Governor Tyler to the Apprenticed Labourers of St. Vincent upon the Abolition of Apprenticeship in that Colony on the 1st August 1838
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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