Excerpts from my guest post over at Kindred Dreamheart -
in the British-ruled islands and countries of the Caribbean came to an end on
1st August, 1834 and today we celebrate that important event with
festival parades, re-enactments and so on. Few people think about what happened
after the Emancipation Proclamation was read – about its impact on societies
which, for hundreds of years, had been based on a sugar economy that was
dependent on slave labour. Changing a culture or a way of life has never been
easy and it wasn’t easy to transform societies that had defined themselves by
the enslavement of black people. It took
scores of years to heal those societies and create equality. Some might argue
that, even now, despite the tourist ads, we’re still not there yet.
Barbados, they had a folk-song they made up when emancipation was near “Licks
and Lock-up done with” which revealed the hopes of the people for what their
life would be like. In fact, abolitionists and missionaries and, of course, the
slaves themselves were very optimistic about what freedom would mean for them.
Their optimism was somewhat misplaced. Even before the end of slavery, planters
in the West Indies were having a hard time turning a profit. By the early 1800s,
the glory days of West Indian planters were well behind them. Hurricanes,
droughts and competition from other sugar colonies drove many of them into
bankruptcy while the rest hung on, desperate to survive."
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