Stephen Bourne (1791–1868) was a British civil servant who served as a magistrate in Jamaica between 1834 and 1841 and as Registrar of British Guiana between 1841 and 1848. His daughter Elizabeth Campbell left England with her father in 1834, and lived in the West Indies for thirteen years. This volume contains two essays and a published letter, the essays written by Elizabeth Campbell and the letter by Stephen Bourne, discussing the effects and limits of the Emancipation Act on the economy and society of the British West Indies. The two essays by Campbell discuss the limited social effects of the Emancipation Act, with the letter by Bourne suggesting ways to improve the economic prosperity of the West Indies. The ideology of later abolitionists, who endeavoured to improve social and economic conditions in plantations to demonstrate the possibility of prosperity without slavery, is fully explored in this volume.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Slavery and Abolition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
Table of Contents
1. The British West India colonies in connection with slavery, emancipation, etc.; 2. Suggestions relative to the improvement of the British West India colonies, by means of instruction by ministers of religion and schools. The relations of property and labour. Agricultural and other industrial improvements; 3. The importance, necessity, and practicability of thorough drainage in the British West India colonies, in order to restore prosperity to those countries, as well as to render compulsory labour unnecessary to the production of an adequate supply of sugar and cotton.