Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean
Acknowledgments like the Berbice river, the path that led to this book had many twists and turns. and some of its tributaries only became clear in hindsight. The project began at eckerd College, long before i knew it, where my professors sparked a fascination with the history of slavery and introduced me to the craft of history. Carolyn Johnston and Barnet hartson were model teachers and advisers-i am eternally grateful for their patience, guidance, and encouragement. This book first took shape
... at the university of north Carolina at Chapel hill, where i had the good fortune to study with an extraordinary group of people. although i had every intention of working on slavery in the american South, the pull of the atlantic was strong-and so was the support of my professors who encouraged me to think about the history of slavery broadly and comparatively. i am particularly indebted to Kathryn Burns, Kathleen duval, Jerma Jackson, lisa lindsay, and heather Williams for stimulating seminars and individual conversations in my early years. vincent Brown, laurent dubois, lisa lindsay, John Sweet, and heather Williams had high expectations and plenty of enthusiasm for this project. vince Brown challenged me to think deeply about what i wanted to say and why it mattered, and his own scholarship has had a large impact on the way i think about atlantic slavery. laurent dubois showed me just how important the Caribbean was to the field of atlantic history (and reminded me, whenever he sensed that i sounded defensive about dedicating so much time to a little-known colony on the fringes of the Caribbean, that colonial Berbice was much more important than colonial north Carolina-not that he recommended me sharing that with tar heels). lisa lindsay taught me more than anyone else about african history and the transatlantic slave trade, and her encouragement helped me overcome not a few obstacles in the years since. heather Williams believed in me and my work from the beginning, but was always a tough critic who forced me to explain-repeatedly-why it was important.