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A Dark InheritanceBlood, Race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica$
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Brooke N. Newman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300225556

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300225556.001.0001

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Blood of the Father

Blood of the Father

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(p.67) Chapter 2 Blood of the Father
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A Dark Inheritance
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Brooke N. Newman

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300225556.003.0003

Focusing on the 1730s through the 1750s, chapter 2 considers the relationship between notions of hereditary blood status and the legal redefinition of whiteness and British racial identity in Jamaica. It shows how demographic crises and ongoing conflicts with the Maroons prompted Jamaican colonial authorities to turn to free blacks, Jews, and persons of mixed ancestry for compulsory assistance. While free blacks and men of mixed ancestry were required to offer military service, and Jews were burdened with extraordinary taxation, a select handful of men and women of mixed ancestry aided the colonial regime by assisting in the legal “whitening” of Jamaica.

Keywords:   Jamaica, Blood, Race, Free Blacks, Whiteness, Maroons, Jews, Mixed ancestry

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