CRER Black History Month 2016: 'The Diary of a Jamaican Slave Master in the...
'The Diary of a Jamaican Slave Master in the Eighteenth Century' A Historian's Perspective
Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine, University of Edinburgh
A lecture based on the 14,000 page diary of an overseer and then plantation owner in western Jamaica. Compiled from 1750 to 1786, it is regarded as one of the most important documents depicting the brutal realities of the lives of black slaves in the Caribbean. The content ranges in remarkable detail across work, health, death, slave rebellion, sex and punishment as well as many other issues. The lecture takes place in the Robert Burns room at the Mitchell Library. Light refreshments will be provided after the lecture.