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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 Ties in the Colonial Sexual Economy

Blood Ties in the Colonial Sexual Economy

(p.145) Chapter 4 Blood Ties in the Colonial Sexual Economy
A Dark Inheritance

Brooke N. Newman

Yale University Press

Offering a narrative case study of two families in colonial Jamaica, the Taylors/Tailyours and the Johnstons, chapter 4 shows how customary practice and personal whim regulated the illicit unions between white men and enslaved women. White men’s personal desires and circumstances, rather than the law, shaped the treatment and future prospects of illegitimate mixed offspring born of slavery’s sexual economy—at the individual level and beyond. The descendants of enslaved African women and British men, even those elite few who achieved freedom and white male patronage, held little control over their lives, professional prospects, or racial identities.

Keywords:   Blood ties, Concubinage, Manumission, Interracial sex, Mixed race, Inheritance

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