Colonies étrangères et Haïti. Résultats de l’émancipation anglaise
Abolition Campaigns;Travel Writings
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Foreign Colonies Haiti Results British Emancipation Slavery Abolition France
In this two-volume sequel to his book on the French Caribbean colonies (1842), Victor Schoelcher turns his attention to the rest of the Caribbean, looking at colonial plantation slavery in Cuba and Puerto Rico, which he names "the past", preparations for emancipation in the Danish colonies: "the present", the results of abolition in the British colonies of Jamaica, Antigua and Dominica: "the beginning of the future", and freedom in Haiti: "the future realised!" (I, 3). He describes his work as a social study of the effects of emancipation upon the formerly enslaved and on the whole of Caribbean society. Schoelcher is critical of some aspects of how British emancipation was managed, but declares the date of the 1st August 1838 as the "greatest glory of the British people" (I, 11). He argues that where slavery still existed, emancipation must be imposed on planters, as they would never voluntarily make changes.
Two volumes. See volume two online: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k4152082 A number of appendices are included: a translation of the British Emancipation Act of 1834 into French; a table detailing the division of indemnities among former slave-owners; a translation of Henry Whiteley's Three months in Jamaica, in 1832; a letter by Schoelcher published in Le Siècle in 1842. Volume one also contains a short history of the origins of the slave trade (361-87). Schoelcher cites sources including offical reports, almanachs, missionary letters and journals and the writings of other abolitionist travellers, such as John Candler, Henry Whiteley, and A Winter in the West Indies, by Joseph Gurney et al, which Schoelcher declares he wishes he had written himself (I, 102).