Amelioration and Empire: Progress and Slavery in the by Christa Dierksheide PDF

By Christa Dierksheide

Christa Dierksheide argues that "enlightened" slaveowners in
the British Caribbean and the yank South, neither backward reactionaries nor freedom-loving
hypocrites, considered themselves as glossy, cosmopolitan males with a strong substitute vision
of development within the Atlantic global. rather than radical revolution and liberty, they believed that
amelioration—defined by way of them as sluggish growth throughout the mitigation of social or political
evils comparable to slavery—was the easiest technique of using the advance and enlargement of recent World
societies.

Interrogating amelioration as an highbrow thought among
slaveowners, Dierksheide makes use of a transnational method that specializes in provincial planters
instead of metropolitan abolitionists, laying off new mild at the perform of slavery in the
Anglophone Atlantic international. She argues that amelioration—of slavery and provincial society more
generally—was a dominant proposal shared by way of enlightened planters who sought to "improve" slavery
towards its abolition, in addition to by way of those that sought to ameliorate the establishment so as to
extend the procedure. via illuminating the typical floor shared among supposedly anti- and
pro-slavery provincials, she offers a robust substitute to the standard tale of liberal
growth within the plantation Americas. Amelioration, she demonstrates, went well past the
master-slave dating, underpinning Anglo-American imperial enlargement all through the
Atlantic world.

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