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The Chattel PrincipleInternal Slave Trades in the Americas$
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Walter Johnson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300103557

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300103557.001.0001

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“An Unfeeling Traffick”

“An Unfeeling Traffick”

The Intercolonial Movement of Slaves in the British Caribbean, 1807–1833

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The Chattel Principle

Hilary McD. Beckles

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses how stakeholders of the plantation system were divided after 1807 with respect to its economic condition, viability, and responsiveness to meaningful social reform. The enslaved population also took the opportunity to press its opinions and emerged as a major focus of policy formulation. In some instances slaves successfully challenged slaveowners' rights by protesting relocation proposals. In this regard, they welcomed the imperial campaign to promote amelioration strategies. Many debates serve to illuminate the forces that brought about the dismantlement of chattel slavery in English Caribbean colonies. None, however, reveals as clearly the tensions and contradictions inherent to the slave system as that concerning the intercolonial movement of enslaved persons during the years between the 1807 abolition of the transatlantic slave trade and the 1833 emancipation legislation, which is the main focus of this chapter.

Keywords:   stakeholders, plantation system, meaningful social reform, enslaved population, chattel slavery, English Caribbean colonies, emancipation legislation

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