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Between Blood and Gold

The Debates over Compensation for Slavery in the Americas

Frédérique Beauvois

294 pages, 10 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-331-6 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Published (December 2016)

eISBN 978-1-78533-332-3 eBook


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Between Blood and Gold is an excellent work of scholarship on an important historical topic. It contains a considerable amount of new information on the subject that is not easily available, detailing the political and economic background that led to payments to slave owners—never to slaves—in many colonies and nations, as well as the philosophical, moral, and legal contexts of these decisions.” · Stanley Engerman, University of Rochester

Today, a century and a half after the abolition of slavery across most of the Americas, the idea of monetary reparations for former slaves and their descendants continues to be a controversial one. Lost among these debates, however, is the fact that such payments were widespread in the nineteenth century—except the “victims” were not slaves, but the slaveholders deprived of their labor. This landmark comparative study analyzes the debates over compensation within France and Great Britain. It lays out in unprecedented detail the philosophical, legal-political, and economic factors at play, establishing a powerful new model for understanding the aftermath of slavery in the Americas.

Frédérique Beauvois received her doctorate from the University of Lausanne and Sciences Po Paris in 2011. She was awarded the Prize of the French Senate as well as the Prize of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lausanne in 2012. She is currently researching perceptions of slavery in the United States from 1783 to 1865.

Series: Volume 10, European Expansion & Global Interaction
Subject: 18th/19th Century History Economic History
Area: Europe North America

LC: KJC5054 .B4313 2016

BISAC: SOC054000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Slavery; HIS015000 HISTORY/Europe/Great Britain; HIS013000 HISTORY/Europe/France

BIC: HBTS Slavery & abolition of slavery; LNDP Parliamentary & legislative practice




Contents

Introduction: Compensation as a Driving Force for Abolition

Chapter 1. Compensation: An Issue at the Heart of a Democratic Debate
Chapter 2. Between Legalism and Humanism: Compensation for Eminent Domain?
Chapter 3. Compensation’s Economic and Social Dimension: Compensation as Aid
Chapter 4. Compensation’s Political Side: A Means of Ensuring Colonial Cooperation

Epilogue: The Many-Faceted Issue of Compensation

Bibliography
Index

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