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Simplicity, equality, and slavery: an archaeology of Quakerism in the British Virgin Islands, 1740-1780

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University of Florida Press,
Pub. Date:
2017.
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English
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"A significant empirical contribution to the transdisciplinary study of eighteenthcentury Atlantic history and the colonial history of the Christian Church."--Dan Hicks, author of The Garden of the World: An Historical Archaeology of Sugar Landscapes in the Eastern Caribbean "Thoughtfully applies practice theory to the concept of Quakerism as a religion, while simultaneously examining how Quaker practices shaped the lives not only of practitioners but those they enslaved."--James A. Delle, author of The Colonial Caribbean: Landscapes of Power in the Plantation System "A nuanced look at Quakerism and its relationship with slavery."--Patricia M. Samford, author of Subfloor Pits and the Archaeology of Slavery in Colonial Virginia

Inspired by the Quaker ideals of simplicity, equality, and peace, a group of white planters formed a community in the British Virgin Islands during the eighteenth century. Yet they lived in a slave society, and nearly all their members held enslaved people. In this book, John Chenoweth examines how the community navigated the contradictions of Quakerism and plantation ownership.

Using archaeological and archival information, Chenoweth reveals how a web of connections led to the community's establishment, how Quaker religious practices intersected with other aspects of daily life in the Caribbean, and how these practices were altered to fit a slavery-based economy and society. He also examines how dissent and schism eventually brought about the end of the community after just one generation. This is a fascinating study of the ways religious ideals can be interpreted in everyday practice to adapt to different local contexts.

A volume in the Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series
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subject_facet Archaeology and history -- British Virgin Islands
British Virgin Islands -- Antiquities
British Virgin Islands -- Religious life and customs
Material culture -- British Virgin Islands -- History -- 18th century
Plantation life -- British Virgin Islands -- History -- 18th century
Quakers -- British Virgin Islands -- History -- 18th century
Religion and sociology -- British Virgin Islands -- History -- 18th century
Slavery -- British Virgin Islands -- History -- 18th century
title_display Simplicity, equality, and slavery : an archaeology of Quakerism in the British Virgin Islands, 1740-1780
title_full Simplicity, equality, and slavery : an archaeology of Quakerism in the British Virgin Islands, 1740-1780 / John M. Chenoweth ; foreword by Karl Dawson
title_short Simplicity, equality, and slavery :
title_sub an archaeology of Quakerism in the British Virgin Islands, 1740-1780
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Archaeology and history
History
Material culture
Plantation life
Quakers
Religion and sociology
Religious life and customs
Slavery