The West Indies as they are;
or A Real Picture of Slavery: but more particularly as it exists in the Island of Jamaica. In three parts. With notes.
First Edition of this eyewitness account of the conditions in Jamaica by an Anglican cleric, a key source for the history of this period. By no means a fanatical Abolitionist, Bickell’s testimony is the more valuable for that. He attributed the sufferings of the slaves to the dullness and apathy produced by continuity, if not intensity, of toil – “This constant work, work, work is a principal cause of one of the greatest hardships in West Indian slavery – I mean the constant use of the whip; for, seeing that work is their only portion, they are inclined to be indolent” – and he noticed that, with a very natural perversity, slaves “take care not to put forth all their strength.” Ownership inscription of [The Rev.] M.M. Preston, a contributor to The Society for the Abolition of Slavery, to the title page.
Octavo. Lightly browned, some occasional foxing, else very good in modern half blue cloth on blue paper-covered boards.
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