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Research Files for A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia

Two Plantations: Enslaved Families in Virginia and Jamaica ( Book Website )

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Research Files for A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia
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Dunn, Richard S.
Richard S. Dunn
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Cambridge, MA
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Subjects / Keywords:
History -- Caribbean
West Indies
History -- Modern -- 19th Century
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Research data files collected and analyzed in producing the book A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia (Cambridge MA, 2014). These research files document the slaves on both plantations: Mesopotamia in Jamaica and Mount Airy in Virginia. The Excel spreadsheets that list all of the 1103 Mesopotamia slaves and 973 Mount Airy slaves in Richard Dunn's research have ID numbers listed in the researcher's slave ledgers. Description of the book, from http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674735361 : Forty years ago, after publication of his pathbreaking book Sugar and Slaves, Richard Dunn began an intensive investigation of two thousand slaves living on two plantations, one in North America and one in the Caribbean. Digging deeply into the archives, he has reconstructed the individual lives and collective experiences of three generations of slaves on the Mesopotamia sugar estate in Jamaica and the Mount Airy plantation in tidewater Virginia, to understand the starkly different forms slavery could take. Dunn’s stunning achievement is a rich and compelling history of bondage in two very different Atlantic world settings. From the mid-eighteenth century to emancipation in 1834, life in Mesopotamia was shaped and stunted by deadly work regimens, rampant disease, and dependence on the slave trade for new laborers. At Mount Airy, where the population continually expanded until emancipation in 1865, the “surplus” slaves were sold or moved to distant work sites, and families were routinely broken up. Over two hundred of these Virginia slaves were sent eight hundred miles to the Cotton South. In the genealogies that Dunn has painstakingly assembled, we can trace a Mesopotamia fieldhand through every stage of her bondage, and contrast her harsh treatment with the fortunes of her rebellious mulatto son and clever quadroon granddaughter. We track a Mount Airy craftworker through a stormy life of interracial sex, escape, and family breakup. The details of individuals’ lives enable us to grasp the full experience of both slave communities as they labored and loved, and ultimately became free.
From http://www.twoplantations.com/ : Richard S. Dunn, born in Minneapolis MN in 1928, received a BA from Harvard College in 1950, an MA from Princeton University in 1952, and a PhD in History in 1955 from Princeton. He taught at Princeton, at the University of Michigan, the University of Oxford, and for 39 years at the University of Pennsylvania, retiring from Penn in 1996 as the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History. Among his publications are Puritans and Yankees: The Winthrop Dynasty of New England, 1630-1717 (1962), The Age of Religious Wars, 1559-1715 (1971, 2d edition 1979), Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713 (1972), The Papers of William Penn, 1644-1718 (4 vols.), edited with Mary Maples Dunn and seven Associate Editors (1981-1987), and The Journal of John Winthrop, 1630-1649, edited with Laetitia Yeandle (1996). In 1978 Dunn founded the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (renamed the McNeil Center in 1998), which offers dissertation fellowships to graduate students from universities in the U.S. and abroad who wish to do research in Philadelphia libraries and archives. He directed this Center in most years from 1978 to 2000.

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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Copyright by Richard S. Dunn. Permission granted to University of Florida on behalf of the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) to digitize and display this item for research and educational uses. Permission to reuse, publish or reproduce this item for purposes other than what is allowed by fair use or other copyright exemptions must be obtained from the copyright holder.
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1870 Census ( DOC )

Register of 66 Baptized Mesopotamia Slaves, December 1831 ( DOC )

Register of 67 Baptized Mesopotamia Slaves, December 31, 1831 ( DOC )

Register of 83 Baptized Mesopotamia Slaves, 1768 ( DOC )

Fairfield Morav 1: Early Moravian Records in the Jamaica Archives ( DOC )

Females Mount Airy, 1809-1870, version 1 ( XLS )

Corn and Wheat Production at Mount Airy Farms, 1820-1861 ( DOC )

All Mount Airy Males 1809-1870, version 1 ( XLS )

All Mesopotamia Females, 1762-1833 ( XLS )

Mesopotamia Adult Females in 1801 ( XLS )

Mesopotamia Adult Male Workers ( XLS )

Mesopotamia Adult Males in 1801 ( XLS )

Mesopotamia Boilers, 1762-1833 ( DOC )

Mesopotamia Debits v Credits, 1777-1797 ( XLS )

Mesopotamia Distillers, 1762-1833 ( DOC )

Mesopotamia Female Runaways ( XLS )

Identifiable Mesopotamia Field Drivers, 1762-1833 ( DOC )

Mesopotamia Male Runaways ( XLS )

Mesopotamia Moravian Church Statistics, 1759-1832 ( DOC )

Mesopotamia runaways & rebels, 1762-1832 ( DOC )

The Mesopotamia Slave Population, 1 Jan. 1832/23 Aug. 1833 Grouped by Families (where known) ( DOC )

Mesopotamia Sugar & Rum Production, 1751-1832 ( XLS )

MesNote1: Mesopotamia Diary 1773 ( DOC )

MesNote2: Mesopotamia Diary 1782-1783 ( DOC )

MesNote3: Mesopotamia Diary 1783-1785 ( DOC )

MesNote4: Mesopotamia Diary 1799 ( DOC )

MesNote5: Mesopotamia Diary 1812 ( DOC )

MesNote6: Mesopotamia Diary 1815 ( DOC )

MesNote7: Mesopotamia Diary 1831 ( DOC )

MesNote8: Mesopotamia Diary 1832 ( DOC )

Mesopotamia Field Drivers ( DOC )

Mesopotamia Sugar + Rum 1751-1832 ( XLS )

Register of Mesopotamia Moravian Slaves ( DOC )

Sugar Production: Mesopotamia versus Jamaica (in hogsheads) 1772-1865 ( DOC )

Taloe Slaves in 1870 Census (from TXT file) ( DOCX )

Unitäts archiv at Herrnhut : Microfilm re Mesopotamia [Reel 1] ( DOC )

Unitäts archiv at Herrnhut : Microfilm re Mesopotamia [Reel 2] ( DOC )

Unitäts archiv at Herrnhut : Microfilm re Mesopotamia [Reel 3] ( DOC )

Westmoreland Sugar Estates 1817 ( XLS )

Corn and Wheat Production at Mount Airy Farms, 1807-1861 ( DOC )

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