Forms of resistance to slavery

  • Michael Craton


EVEN such self-interested and racist planter writers of the Caribbean as Edward Long, Elie Moreau de Saint Méry and Bryan Edwards recognized that slave resistance was as inevitable as slavery itself.1 Slaves ‘naturally’ resisted their enslavement because slavery was fundamentally unnatural. Slave resistance of one kind or another was a constant feature of slavery. Only the forms varied across time and place, according to circumstances and opportunities, mutating in rhythm to an internal dynamic, if not also in relation to the larger historical context. This chapter defines the forms of slave resistance, and describes how, if at all, they fitted into an historical process.


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