Contrary Voices: Representations of West Indian Slavery, 1657-1834
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Contrary Voices: Representations of West Indian Slavery, 1657-1834

By Williamson, Katrina (EDT)
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Book Description

Highlights variations in representations of West Indian slavery by drawing on a range of testimonies, especially those of the enslaved themselves. This work focuses on representations based principally on first-hand experience or observation of slavery in the then British West Indies.

Table of Contents
  • CONTENTS
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  • INTRODUCTION
  • Part 1. 1657–1807
    • RICHARD LIGON (CA. 1585 –1662) A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados (1657)
    • GEORGE WARREN (FL. 1667) An Impartial Description of Surinam (1667)
    • HANS SLOANE (1660–1753) A Voyage to the Islands Madera, Barbados, Nieves, S. Christopher sand Jamaica (1707)
    • “A SPEECH MADE BY A BLACK OF GUARDALOUPE, AT THE FUNERAL OF A FELLOW-NEGRO” From A Letter from a Merchant at Jamaica (1709)
    • RICHARD STEELE (1672–1729) “The History of Inkle and Yarico” (1711)
    • JOSEPH ADDISON (1672–1719) “A Kind of Wild Tragedy” (1711)
    • “THE PLEASURES OF JAMAICA” (1738)
    • CHARLES LESLIE (FL. 1738–43) A New History of Jamaica (1740)
    • JAMES GRAINGER (CA. 1727–66) The Sugar-Cane: A Poem (1764)
    • EDWARD THOMPSON (1739 –86) Sailor’s Letters (1766)
    • JOHN SINGLETON (FL. 1767–77) A General Description of the West-Indian Islands (1767)
    • EDWARD LONG (1734–1813) The History of Jamaica (1774)
    • JAMAICA: A POEM (1777)
    • “THE FIELD NEGROE; OR THE EFFECT OF CIVILIZATION” (1783)
    • PHILIP FRENEAU (1752–1832) “To Sir Toby, A Sugar Planter in the interior parts of Jamaica” (1784)
    • JAMES RAMSAY (1733–89) An Essay on the Treatment and Conversion of African Slaves in the British Slave Colonies (1784)
    • GORDON TURNBULL (FL. 1785–95) An Apology for Negro Slavery (1786)
    • WILLIAM BECKFORD (1744–99) Remarks upon the Situation of Negroes in Jamaica (1788)
    • OLAUDAH EQUIANO (1745–97) The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789)
    • R.C. DALLAS (1754–1824) A Short Journey in the West Indies (1790)
    • JOHN LUFFMAN (FL. 1776–1820) A Brief Account of the Island of Antigua (1789)
    • M.H. “The Poor Negro Beggar’s Petition and Complaint” (1791)
    • BRYAN EDWARDS (1743–1800) “Ode on seeing a Negro-Funeral” (1793)
    • JOHN MARJORIBANKS (1759–96) Slavery: An Essay in Verse (1792)
    • HENRY EVANS HOLDER (FL. 1788–92) Fragments of a Poem (1792)
    • JOHN GABRIEL STEDMAN (1744–97) Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam (1796)
    • R.C. DALLAS (1754–1824) The History of the Maroons (1803)
    • GEORGE PINCKARD (1768–1835) Notes on the West Indies (1806)
    • EDWARD RUSHTON (1756–1814) “The Coromantees” (1824)
  • Part 2. From Abolition to Emancipation, 1808–1834
    • JOHN STEWART (D. 1832) An Account of Jamaica (1808)
    • MATTHEW GREGORY LEWIS (177 –1818 )Journal of a West India Proprietor (1834)
    • “ACCOUNT OF THE CHRISTMAS RACKET AMONG THE NEGROES IN JAMAICA” (1810)
    • JOHN AUGUSTINE WALLER (FL. 1807–22) A Voyage in the West Indies (1820)
    • C.S. “Negro Slavery” (ca. 1821)
    • THOMAS COOPER (1791/2 –1880) Facts illustrative of the condition of the Negro slaves in Jamaica (1824)
    • ROBERT WEDDERBURN (1762–1835/6) The Horrors of Slavery (1824)
    • “THE AFRICAN AND CREOLE SLAVE CONTRASTED” (1825 )
    • SKETCHES AND RECOLLECTIONS OF THE WEST INDIES (1828)
    • MARLY; OR, A PLANTER’S LIFE IN JAMAICA (1828)
    • ASHTON WARNER (CA. 1807–31) Negro Slavery Described by a Negro (1831)
    • MARY PRINCE (CA. 1788–CA. 1832) The History of Mary Prince (1831)
    • MRS CARMICHAEL (D. 1885) Domestic Manners and Social Condition of the White, Coloured and Negro Population of the West Indies (1833)
    • WILLIAM KNIBB (1803–45) “A Brief Account of a Much-Persecuted Christian Slave” (1834)
    • “THE NEGRO WILL WORK FOR WAGES”, FROM THE BOW IN THE CLOUD (1834)
    • LETTER FROM A MOTHER IN JAMAICA TO HER DAUGHTER IN EDINBURGH (1834)
    • R.R. MADDEN (1798–1886) A Twelvemonth’s Residence in the West Indies (1835)
    • A. McL .“Lady Liberty” (1834)
  • Part 3. Resistance and Rebellion
    • RICHARD LIGON (CA. 1585–1662) A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados (1657)
    • APHRA BEHN (1640?–89)Oroonoko: or, The Royal Slave (1688)
    • EDWARD LONG (1734–1813) The History of Jamaica (1774)
    • BRYAN EDWARDS (1743–1800) The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies (1793)
    • RICHARD FULLER “An Account of Obi” (1789)
    • THOMAS ATWOOD (D. 1793) The History of the Island of Dominica (1791)
    • BENJAMIN MOSELEY (1742–1819) “Three-fingered Jack” (1799)
    • REPORT FROM A SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, APPOINTED TO INQUIRE INTO THE ORIGIN, CAUSES, AND PROGRESS OF THE LATE INSURRECTION (1818)
    • MATTHEW GREGORY LEWIS (1775–1818)Journal of a West India Proprietor (1834)
    • BERNARD M. SENIOR (FL. 1815–34)Jamaica, as It Was, as It Is, and as It May Be (1835)
    • BRYAN EDWARDS (1743–1800) “The Negro’s Dying Speech” (1777)
    • JOHN MARJORIBANKS (1759–96) “Stanzas on the Execution of a Negro” (1792)
    • EDWARD RUSHTON (1756–1814)West-Indian Eclogues (1787)
  • Part 4. On the Haitian Revolution
    • A PARTICULAR ACCOUNT OF . . . THE INSURRECTION OF THE NEGROES IN S T. DOMINGO (1792)
    • WILLIAM ROSCOE An Inquiry into the Causes of the Insurrection (1792)
    • BRYAN EDWARDS (1743–1800)An Historical Survey of the French Colony in the Island of St. Domingo (1797)
    • MARCUS RAINSFORD (CA. 1750–1805?) “Life and Character of Toussaint L’Ouverture” (1805)
    • WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770–1850) “To Toussaint L’Ouverture” (1802)
    • EDWARD RUSHTON (1756–1814) “Toussaint to his Troops” (1806)
    • MATTHEW JAMES CHAPMAN (1796–1865)Barbadoes, and Other Poems (1833)
  • Part 5.Songs
    • A . Songs of the Enslaved
      • WORK SONGS
      • DANCING SONGS
      • BALLADS: COMMENT AND SATIRE
      • SONGS OF REBELLION
      • FUNERAL SONGS AND CHANTS
    • B . Samuel Augustus Mathew s ( f l . 1 760–1822)
    • C. Impersonations
      • WILLIAM COWPER (1731–1800)“The Negro’s Complaint” (1788)
      • JOHN COLLINS (1742–1808) “The Desponding Negro” (1792)
      • JOHN WOLCOT [“PETER PINDAR”] (1738–1819)“Azid, or the Song of the Captive Negro”
      • WILLIAM SHEPHERD (1768–1847) “The Negro Incantation” (1797)
      • EAGLESFIELD SMITH (CA. 1770–1838) “The Sorrows of Yamba” (1795)
      • C.F.D. “Bonja Song” (ca. 1802)
      • MATTHEW GREGORY LEWIS (1775–1818 )“Yarra” (1816)
      • AMELIA OPIE (1769–1853) “The Black Man’s Lament” (1826)
  • APPENDIX Authors and Texts Classified by Location
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • INDEX
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