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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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Whiteness and Hereditary Blood Status

Whiteness and Hereditary Blood Status

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(p.108) Chapter 3 Whiteness and Hereditary Blood Status
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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/9780300225556.003.0004

Exploring the aftermath of Tacky’s Revolt in 1760, chapter 3 demonstrates that whiteness was a powerful yet nonetheless malleable social and legal category in late eighteenth-century Jamaica. It traces the evolution of racial classifications at the local level by analyzing colonial legislation and political debates and by following particular mixed-race individuals as they moved through Jamaica’s social and economic hierarchy, in Kingston specifically. This chapter reveals how redefinitions of whiteness in Jamaica dovetailed with larger cultural concerns in metropolitan Britain regarding colonial security, Creole gender identity, and the uncertain future of British Atlantic slave societies.

Keywords:   Jamaica, Slavery, Tacky’s Revolt, Whiteness, Creole, Gender, Kingston

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