Children of Uncertain Fortune: Mixed-Race Jamaicans in by Daniel Livesay

By Daniel Livesay

through tracing the principally forgotten eighteenth-century migration of elite mixed-race participants from Jamaica to nice Britain, Children of doubtful Fortune reinterprets the evolution of British racial ideologies as a question of negotiating relatives club. utilizing wills, criminal petitions, kin correspondences, and inheritance proceedings, Daniel Livesay is the 1st pupil to persist with the masses of youngsters born to white planters and Caribbean girls of colour who crossed the sea for tutorial possibilities, expert apprenticeships, marriage clients, or safe haven from colonial prejudices.

The presence of those elite kids of colour in Britain driven well known opinion within the British Atlantic international towards narrower conceptions of race and kinship. individuals of Parliament, colonial assemblymen, service provider kings, and cultural arbiters--the very those who made up our minds Britain's colonial regulations, debated abolition, handed marital legislation, and arbitrated inheritance disputes--rubbed shoulders with those mixed-race Caribbean migrants in parlors and sitting rooms. Upper-class Britons additionally resented colonial transplants and coveted their inheritances; relations intimacy gave solution to racial exclusion. by means of the early 19th century, relations had develop into strangers.

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