The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery

TitleThe Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBrown, Vincent
Number of Pages368
PublisherHarvard University Press
City, CountryCambridge, MA
Abstract

From the eighteenth-century zenith of British colonial slavery to its demise in the 1830s, the Grim Reaper cultivated essential aspects of social life in Jamaica--belonging and status, dreams for the future, and commemorations of the past. Masters and enslaved, fortune seekers and spiritual healers, rebels and rulers, all summoned the dead to further their desires and ambitions. In this turbulent transatlantic world, Brown argues, "mortuary politics" played a consequential role in determining the course of history.

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