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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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(p.269) Conclusion
A Dark Inheritance

Brooke N. Newman

Yale University Press

The conclusion reconsiders the constitutional framework of the British Atlantic empire. It explains why, in a revolutionary age characterized by the politicization of Enlightenment discourse emphasizing universal human rights and equality before the law, the mixed descendants of slaves in Jamaica looked to the past to establish a claim to the common law birthright of their British fathers. Although slavery in the British Empire would come to an end in the 1830s, racial categories rooted in blood imaginaries remained pervasive in colonial Jamaica and throughout the British imperial world.

Keywords:   Blood, Empire, Blood, Common law, Birthright, Racial mixture, Race, Slavery

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