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Searching for the Invisible Man

Slaves and Plantation Life in Jamaica

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$153.00 • £122.95 • €137.50

ISBN 9780674796294

Publication Date: 05/26/1978


466 pages

39 halftones, 44 figures and charts, 14 maps, 71 tables


  • Prologue: Worthy Park and Its Context, 1670-1975
  • Part 1: The Slave Population at Large
    • 1. The Population before 1783
    • 2. Demographic Patterns, 1783-1838
    • 3. Mortality, Fertility, Life Expectancy, 1783-1838
    • 4. Death, Disease, Medicine, 1783-1838
    • 5. Economics, Employment, Social Cohesion, 1783-1838
  • Part 2: Individuals in Slave Society, Selected Biographies
    • Introduction
    • 6. Bunga-Men: Six Africans
    • 7. Conformists: Ten Ordinary Slaves
    • 8. Specialists: Five Slave Craftsmen
    • 9. Accommodators: Five Patterns of Miscegenation
    • 10. Resisters: Five Slave Nonconformists
    • 11. Backra: Three Plantation Whites
  • Part 3: The Sons of Slavery
    • 12. The Transition to Free Wage Labor, 1834-1846
    • 13. Continuities: Worthy Park’s Modern Workers
    • 14. The Rope Unraveled and Respliced: The Evidence of Genealogy
    • 15. From House Slave to Middle Class: The Descendants of John Price Nash
    • 16. From Field Slave to Peasant-Proletarian: The Descendants of Biddy and Nelson
    • 17. Coda and Conclusion: The Seamless Cloth
  • Appendixes
    • A. The Slave Data and Its Deficiencies
    • B. The Computer Programs
    • C. A Doctor’s Views on Childbirth, Infant Mortality, and the General Health of His Slave Charges, 1788
    • D. Medicine at Worthy Park, 1824
  • Notes

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