A Dark Inheritance: Blood, Race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica

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Yale University Press
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6.8 X 1.3 X 9.3 inches | 1.4 pounds
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About the Author
Brooke N. Newman is associate professor of history and associate director of the Humanities Research Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is coeditor of Native Diasporas: Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas.
"This insightful book challenges the understanding of racial classifications and the birthrights of imperial subjects in the slave societies of the British Caribbean, especially Jamaica . . . A must-read for all scholars of Caribbean studies, race, and the African diaspora."--F. H. Smith, Choice
Winner of the 2019 Gold Medal for World History, sponsored by the Independent Publisher Book Awards
Finalist for the 2019 Frederick Douglass Book Prize, awarded by Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
Listed on Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles List for 2019
"This exhilarating and innovative study of race, sex, and subjecthood in Jamaica demonstrates how a concentrated examination of "blood purity" gives us an entirely fresh perspective on crucial issues in the formation of identity within black and white populations. A major and exciting advance in understanding the British Atlantic."--Trevor Burnard, University of Melbourne
"In this richly researched and cogently argued book, Brooke Newman reveals how ideas about blood and law and the making of a slave society in colonial Jamaica helped to construct as well as deconstruct racial difference in the imperial order. Few historians have done a better job of analyzing the intersections of gender, sexuality, and race in the print culture of the British Empire. A must read for any historian of slavery and abolition."--Manisha Sinha, author of The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition

"Brooke Newman's fascinating account of colonial Jamaican racial politics reveals the British investment in concepts of inherited blood, birthright, and Christianity as the legal foundation for English privilege and enslaved African subordination."--Kathleen M. Brown, University of Pennsylvania