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Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean: Irish, Africans, and the Construction of Difference (Early American Places Ser.) Paperback – November 15, 2013

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Jenny Shaw’s nuanced study illuminates how divisions originating in Europe― especially those that distinguished Irish Catholic servants from their English Protestant masters―shaped colonial society and ultimately the hierarchies of race that came to be the most important markers of difference. Shaw profitably lingers over the early period, when the early English Caribbean was in the process of becoming, and as a result she demonstrates that race and colonialism were negotiated, not preordained.

-- Carla Gardina Pestana ― author of Protestant Empire: Religion and the Making of the British Atlantic World

A nuanced and fascinating account of how Irish Catholics shaped the emergence of racial hierarchy in the English Caribbean. With meticulous attention to the constraints and possibilities of everyday life, Shaw explores the way that early settlers marked and ranked social difference, finding that status distinctions were surprisingly malleable, even in a society overwhelmingly organized by slavery and race. Offering close readings of fresh sources, this is both an important study and an impressive feat of the informed imagination.

-- Vincent Brown ― author of The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery

About the Author

Jenny Shaw is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama.

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  • Publisher : University of Georgia Press (November 15, 2013)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 280 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0820346624
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0820346625
  • Item Weight : 13.8 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6.07 x 0.68 x 9.05 inches
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