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HIST3124 Slavery and Freedom in the British Caribbean- Part 2

Module Overview

This module examines the slave systems of the British Empire and the processes by which these were dismantled. It explores the debates and campaigns that preceded the abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean and looks at the role that enslaved people played in the achievement of emancipation.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to: - Introduce you to the history of slave emancipation in the British Caribbean - Allow you to study themes related to this topic such as the development of the British abolition movement, slave resistance and slaveholder politics - Enable you to interpret and analyse some of the original documents used by historians to study the history of British slavery and abolition

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The development and transformation of British anti-slavery in the period before emancipation
  • The events and processes that led to emancipation
  • The role of enslaved people in shaping the transition from slavery to freedom
  • The dismantling of slave systems and of the legacies of slavery
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand key debates that have divided historians of slave emancipation
  • Analyse, interpret and use historical evidence
  • Present work orally and respond to questions and criticism
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Display effective time management in preparation of class and coursework assignments
  • Display the ability to work in a small group situation on shared tasks
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written presentations
  • Critically assess large amounts of complex material
  • Work independently in preparing for class work and written assignments

Syllabus

Slavery was once at the heart of the British colonial experience. By 1770, sugar-producing plantations worked by enslaved labourers from Africa had transformed the Caribbean, revolutionised British habits of consumption and lay at the centre Britain's lucrative colonial enterprise. Enslaved people had always resisted slavery, but from the late eighteenth century, the system also came under attack from some within British society. By the 1830s, following mass campaigns, the system was discredited and in the process of being dismantled. For the remainder of the nineteenth century, anti-slavery was one of the mainstays of the British colonizing mission. This, however, was not the end of the slavery story: former slaves struggled to make freedom meaningful in the years after emancipation, and their descendants still endure racist barbs originally mobilised to oppress their ancestors. This module examines the slave systems of the British Empire. It looks at how enslaved people resisted these systems and at the ways in which men and women in the British isles criticized slavery. It begins by looking at the character of slavery in the British Caribbean, exploring the economic and social structure of slave societies. The module also investigates the rise in Britain of organised opposition to slavery and the slave trade after the 1780s. Central questions addressed by the module include: Why did an organised abolitionist movement emerge in Britain? In what ways did the actions of enslaved people influence British debates and campaigns over slavery and the slave trade? What can we learn about the cultures and world views of slaves and former slaves from surviving evidence?

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include - Two weekly two-hour seminars - Individual consultation on dissertations - Group work Learning activities include - Preparatory reading for seminar discussions - Preparing and delivering presentations - Further reading and independent research for the essay and dissertation

TypeHours
Seminar44
Preparation for scheduled sessions100
Completion of assessment task100
Revision56
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Hilary McD. Beckles and Verene A. Shepherd (eds) (2000). Caribbean Slavery in the Atlantic World: A Student Reader. 

Hilary McD. Beckles and Verene A. Shepherd (eds) (1993). Caribbean Freedom: Economy and Society from Emancipation to the Present. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 50%
Exam  (3 hours) 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

A module created by CQA

Pre-requisites

To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

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