In a free society, like the us, the arts ref lect that freedom the content of the arts, films, music, dance and so on, is a reflection of the society for example, if the society is violent, the content of the arts from that society are likely to be violent the opposite is sometimes true too, and this reflects a countercultural movement in the arts. This was the structure of plantation society and politics, and in significant aspects, it remains so in today’s caribbean this is why the uwi political scientist posed the questions he did generations of the descendants of these very groups over time became the economic and political power structures of caribbean society those with wealth. Plantation society today west indian government administrations comprise black people (and indians) who essentially exercise authority and control on behalf of their financial backers (the white planter, commercial and industrial classes) that remain in the background of political activity. The big disappointment the economic consequences of the abolition of slavery in the caribbean, 1833-1888, an article on the history of slavery by pieter c emmer, university of leiden. To: alvin o thompson, the journal of caribbean history, department of history and philosophy, university of the west indies, cave hill campus, barbados books for review should be sent to: veront satchell, the journal of caribbean history, department of history and archaeology, university of the west indies, mona campus, kingston 7.
The plantation society model served the purpose of rigidly structuring society in order to facilitate clear economic goals the caribbean has since shed many of the harsh rigidities of the system in favour of more liberal social order but many elements of the plantation system still remain today much like the plantation model, the caribbean. Yes most definitely the plantation system was one of social stratification, where the slaves were at the bottom of the pyramid it therefore has a link currently in the caribbean today leading to the quality of life to the slave’s descendants. How can the answer be improved. Both whiteness and blackness were stratified along gendered lines in the colonial-era caribbean many of the norms this engendered persist today. This feature is prevalent in caribbean society today as with the typical plantation society, today the marriage rate is low among lower class families, the.
Plantation and race in the caribbean the incredible history of the caribbean is indeed, one of the most rich, and at the same time troubling, of the new world its incredibly heterogeneous population and its social racial base make it a very difficult place to, for instance, live and raise a family. Slavery in the caribbean enslaved africans cutting cane in antigua, published 1823 image reference nw0054, as shown on wwwslaveryimagesorg, sponsored by the virginia foundation for the humanities and the university of virginia library. The key gendered impacts of the plantation on the outlook for development in the caribbean the impacts of the plantation still relevant as hindrance or benefit to development in contemporary caribbean society.
Plantation society in the caribbean today there is still evidence of the plantation society within the modern caribbean society this evidence can be seen from first analyzing various aspects of the plantation system or society, such as the lifestyle, mentality, social structure and economic model associated with this social system. Three major models, the plantation society model, the plural society model and the creole society model have been put forward to explain caribbean society. It is such that social stratification which largely defined the plantation society continues to influence our caribbean society today as these are passed down from. A second legacy of caribbean plantation society is the way in which both race and ethnicity become more sharply defined by the conflicts between groups these.
Before emancipation, the caribbean featured three main types of classes in society, that you will see highlighted in the research paper later. The connections that linked the plantations in the caribbean with africa, europe and north america, both before and after the industrial revolution, are crucial to understanding the emergence of capitalism as a world economic system no other institution played the role that the plantation did in integrating the caribbean into the. Plantation society is a particular class of society that consists of distinguishing characteristics of social structure, political organization and laws of. Culture of the caribbean the term caribbean culture summarises the artistic, musical, literary, culinary, political and social elements that are representative of.
Models of caribbean societies 1 models of caribbean society plantation - best, levitt, beckford plural - mg smith creole - k braithwaite, e goveia class stratified - carl stone 2 the most developed models plantation society plural society creole society 3. Christopher columbus unknowingly became the first european to travel to the caribbean islands in 1492, sparking a long period of slavery, racism, and discrimination in the region before slave-run plantations became the caribbean’s first major source of income, europeans tried, and ultimately. Prior to the 19th century, the plantation islands of the caribbean were the most-valued possessions in the overseas imperial world most valuable by far were the sugar plantations, which ranged from as little as eighty to as much as 2,000 or more acres of land, and from forty to 500 or more slave labourers by the decade of the 1680s, the.
As the native population was decimated by disease, european countries needed to maintain a strong workforce to tend to the plantations the african slave trade brought more than 5 million native africans to the caribbean, creating a sort of neo-africa this importation of africans is what defines caribbean culture today, but the blending of. Sugar was the main crop produced on plantations throughout the caribbean through the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries most islands were covered with sugar cane and. The caribbean has since shed many of the harsh rigidities of the system in favour of more liberal social order but many elements of the plantation system still remain today much like the plantation model, the caribbean continues to be rooted in economic development and productivity still, some change has occurred over the years to. Slave women in caribbean society 1650-1835 barbara bush (james currey, 1990 xiii+190 pp) women & sisters: the antislavery feminists in american culture.
As promised, here is my powerpoint file on plantation society in the caribbean from class on friday, february 13, 2009. One crucial institution in the caribbean was the slave plantation the history of plantations is traced by max weber in his general economic history to the manor but the caribbean slave plantation comes into existence when capitalism directs horticultural production to the market similar developments occur in mining mg smith’s theory. Barbados museum and historical society bridgetown, barbados barbados museum and historical society barbados is widely regarded as the first british colony to undergo a “sugar revolution,” meaning that the entire island’s resources (land and labour) were committed to sugar production by the mid-1640s. Grounds of race slavery, racism and the plantation in the caribbean full article figures & data references citations metrics reprints & permissions pdf abstract. For planters this feature is prevalent in caribbean society today scattered in jamaica and the united states despite the fact that the traits of the plantation are.