Sugar and Slaves Resource Guide

As we mark  the 50th anniversary of Richard S. Dunn’s path-breaking book Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624–1713, we wish to draw attention to the myriad ways Dunn’s work influenced subsequent scholars in the field, including many Early American Studies authors. Dunn’s pioneering social history on the English West Indies not only depicted the rise of a powerful white planter class, it also revealed much about the daily lives of both colonizers and the enslaved. The authors of the articles in this resource guide, including articles that were part of the fall 2022 issue honoring Sugar and Slaves, take many cues from Dunn’s work. Yet these articles also reveal the dynamic development of the field over time.  

Title Author Vol/Iss – Season, Year
The Limits of Fear: The Saint Dominguan Challenge to Slave Trade Abolition in the United States White, Ashli 2/2 – Fall, 2004
Doctoring Ideology: James Grainger’s The Sugar Cane and the Bodies of Empire Thomas, Steven W. 4/1 – Spring, 2006
A ‘Dangerous Principle’: Free Trade Discourses in Barbados and the English Leeward Islands, 1650-1689 Koot, Christian J. 5/1 – Spring, 2007
The Port Royal Earthquake and the World of Wonders in Seventeenth-Century Jamaica Mulcahy, Matthew 6/2 – Fall, 2008
Late Seventeenth-Century Spanish Town, Jamaica: Building an English City on Spanish Foundations Robertson, James  6/2 – Fall, 2008
The Subject of the Slave Trade: Recent Currents in the Histories of the Atlantic, Great Britain, and Western Africa Wood Sweet, John 7/1 – Spring, 2009
Enslaved Merchants, Enslaved Merchant-Mariners, and the Bermuda Conspiracy of 1761 Maxwell, Clarence 7/1 – Spring, 2009 
Markets and Morality: Intersections of Economy, Ethics, and Religion in Early North America: Special Issue Introduction Matson, Cathy 8/3 – Fall, 2010
A Wealth of Notions: Interpreting Economy and Morality in Early America Clark, Christopher  8/3 – Fall, 2010 
Benign and Benevolent Conquest? The Ideology of Elizabethan Atlantic Expansion Revisited MacMillan, Ken 9/1 – Winter, 2011 
“That Abominable Nest of Pirates”: St. Eustatius and the North Americans, 1680-1780 Enthoven, Victor 10/2 – Spring, 2012 
“One Indian and a Negroe, the first thes Ilands ever had”: Imagining the Archive in Early Bermuda Miyano Kopelson, Heather 11/2 – Spring, 2013 
Plantation Ecologies: The Experimental Plantation in and against James Grainger’s “The Sugar-Cane” Rupert, Britt 13/2 – Spring, 2015
“This Week Black Paul Preach’d”: Fragment and Method in Early African American Studies Saillant, John 14/1 – Winter, 2016 
Chasing Capital in Hard Times: Monroe Edwards, Slavery, and Sovereignty in the Panicked Atlantic Luskey, Brian P. 14/1 – Winter, 2016 
Privileging Kinship: Family and Race in Eighteenth-Century Jamaica Livesay, Daniel 14/4 – Fall, 2016 
“All the baubles that they needed”: “Industriousness” and Slavery in Saint-Louis and Goree Everill, Bronwen 15/4 – Fall, 2017 
Timbering and Turtling: The Maritime Hinterlands of Early Modern British Caribbean Cities Draper, Mary 15/4 – Fall, 2017
Towns in Plantation Societies in Eighteenth-Century British America Burnard, Trevor 15/4 – Fall, 2017 
Negotiating Race and Status in Senegal, Saint Domingue, and South Carolina: Marie-Adelaide Rossignol and Her Descendants Force, Pierre; Dick Hoffius, Susan 16/1 – Winter, 2018 
The Enslaved Ants and the Peculiar Institution: Argument by Analogy in the Slavery Question Minella, Timothy K. 17/2 – Spring, 2019 
Conquest for Commerce: American Policymakers, Bermuda, and the War for Independence, 1775-83 DiPucchio, Nicholas G. 18/1 – Winter, 2020
Endangered Plantations: Environmental Change and Slavery in the British Caribbean, 1631-1807  Johnston, Katherine 18/3 – Summer, 2020
Enquire of the Printer: Newspaper Advertising and the Moral Economy of the North American Slave Trade, 1704-1807 Taylor, Jordan E. 18/3 – Summer, 2020 
Security, Taxation, and the Imperial System in Jamaica, 1721-1782 Burnard, Trevor; Graham, Aaron 18/4 – Fall, 2020
“The reasonable sustentation of human life”: Food Rations and the Problem of Provision in British Caribbean Slavery Crawford, Nicholas 19/2 – Spring, 2021 
Introduction: Sugar and Slaves after Fifty Years Burnard, Trevor; Games, Alison 20/4 – Fall, 2022
Distance and Blame: The Rise of the English Planter Class Gardina Pestana, Carla 20/4 – Fall, 2022
The Rise of “King Sugar” and Enslaved Labor in Early English Jamaica Zahedieh, Nuala 20/4 – Fall, 2022
“Plantation,” the Public Good, and the Rise of Capitalist Agriculture in the Early Seventeenth-Century Caribbean Musselwhite, Paul 20/4 – Fall, 2022
Not “Beyond the line”: Reconsidering Law and Power and the Origins of Slavery in England’s Empire in the Americas Brewer, Holly 20/4 – Fall, 2022 
“Greater Numbers of Fair and Lovely Women”: White Women and the Barbadian Demographic Crisis, 1673–1715 Sackett, Emily 20/4 – Fall, 2022 
“Corruption of the Air”: Yellow Fever and Malaria in the Rise of English Caribbean Slavery Roberts, Justin 20/4 – Fall, 2022 
Aeolian Geographies, Daily Life, and Empire Building in the English Caribbean Draper, Mary 20/4 – Fall, 2022 
“Brought from the Palenques”: Race, Subjecthood, and Warfare in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean Schmitt, Casey 20/4 – Fall, 2022 
“The Native Produce of this Island”: Processes of Invention in Early Barbados Smith, Jordan B.  20/4 – Fall, 2022 
“Sad as Horrour, Black as Hell”: The Parke Murder, the Catiline Conspiracy, and the Wentworth Execution Zacek, Natalie 20/4 – Fall, 2022 
Sugar Planters and Freedom Seekers in Seventeenth-Century London Newman, Simon P. 20/4 – Fall, 2022