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The Caribbean Slave

The Caribbean Slave
A Biological History

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Part of Studies in Environment and History

  • Date Published: June 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521524704

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  • This study focuses on the black biological experience in slavery, in the Caribbean. It begins with a consideration of the rapidly changing disease environment after the arrival of the Spaniards; it also looks at the slave ancestors in their West African homeland and examines the ways in which the nutritional and disease environments of that area had shaped its inhabitants. In a particularly innovative chapter, he considers the epidemiological and pathological consequences of the middle passage for newly enslaved blacks. The balance of the book is devoted to the health of the black slave in the West Indies. Using the general health and level of nutrition of the island whites as a control, Kiple pays especially close attention to the role that nutrition played in the development of diseases. The study closes with a look at the continuing demographic difficulties of the black West Indian from the abolition of slavery.

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    • Date Published: June 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521524704
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.475kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Part I. Background and Biology: Introduction
    1. The peoples and their pathogens
    2. West African diet and disease
    3. The parameters of West African survival
    Part II. Diet, Disease, and Demography: Introduction
    4. The middle passage and malnutrition
    5. Plantation nutrition
    6. Malnutrition: morbidity and mortality
    7. Slave demography
    8. Slave infant and child mortality
    9. Black diseases and white medicine
    Part III. Pathogens and Politics: Introduction
    10. Fevers and race
    11. Epilogue: diet, disease, and displacement
    Notes
    Bibliographic essay
    Index.

  • Author

    Kenneth F. Kiple, Bowling Green State University, Ohio

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