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A Dark Inheritance: Blood, Race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica

Brooke N. Newman


Focusing on Jamaica, Britain’s most valuable colony in the Americas by the mid-eighteenth century, A Dark Inheritance explores the relationship between racial classifications and the inherited rights and privileges associated with British subject status. Brooke Newman reveals the centrality of notions of blood and blood mixture to evolving racial definitions and sexual practices in colonial Jamaica and to legal and political debates over slavery and the rights of imperial subjects on both sides of the Atlantic. Weaving together a diverse range of sources, Newman shows how colonial racial ideol ... More

Keywords: Jamaica, British Atlantic, Race, Blood, Gender, Slavery, Subjecthood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300225556
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300225556.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brooke N. Newman, author
Virginia Commonwealth University