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The reaper's garden : death and power in the world of Atlantic slavery

Author: Vincent Brown
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008.
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"What did people make of death in the world of Atlantic slavery? In The Reaper's Garden, Vincent Brown asks this question about Jamaica, the staggeringly profitable hub of the British Empire in America - and a human catastrophe. Popularly known as the grave of the Europeans, it was just as deadly for Africans and their descendants. Yet among the survivors, the dead remained both a vital presence and a social force."  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brown, Vincent, 1967-
Reaper's garden.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)654289564
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Vincent Brown
ISBN: 9780674024229 0674024222 9780674057128 0674057120
OCLC Number: 145732944
Awards: Long listed for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature, 2009.
Description: x, 340 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Death, power, and Atlantic slavery --
Worlds of wealth and death --
Last rites and first principles --
Expectations of the dead --
Icons, shamans, and martyrs --
The soul of the British Empire --
Holy ghosts and eternal salvation --
Gardens of remembrance --
Regeneration.
Responsibility: Vincent Brown.
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What did people make of death in the world of Atlantic slavery? This book shows that death was as generative as it was destructive - masters and enslaved, fortune seekers and spiritual healers,  Read more...

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