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Publication Type
Journal Article
UWI Author(s)
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Monteith, Kathleen E. A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of History
Article Title
Emancipation and labour on Jamaican coffee plantations, 1838-48
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Slavery and Abolition
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Refereed
Date of Publication
2000
Volume ID
21
Issue ID
3
Page(s)
49-52
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Abstract
Examines the impact of full emancipation on the supply of labour to Jamaica's coffee sector, and shows the factors responsible for its decline: coercive measures, as in sugar and livestock, led to an exodus of ex-slaves; prudent planters realised they did not require continuous hired labour; many ex-coffee slaves attempted to establish themselves independently of the plantation; planters adversely affected by the extension of Britain's free trade policy in the 1840s found themselves unable to pay regular wages. Evidence suggests that labour became more available to the plantations that survived. The labour situation after 1838 altered the way work on the coffee plantations was organised. (Quotes from original text)....
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