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Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean
Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean
Irish, Africans, and the Construction of Difference
By Jenny Shaw

From The University of Georgia Press

“A nuanced and fascinating account of how Irish Catholics shaped the emergence of racial hierarchy in the English Caribbean. With meticulous attention to the constraints and possibilities of everyday life, Shaw explores the way that early settlers marked and ranked social difference, finding that status distinctions were surprisingly malleable, even in a society overwhelmingly organized by slavery and race. Offering close readings of fresh sources, this is both an important study and an impressive feat of the informed imagination.”

—Vincent Brown, author of The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery

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Race and Rights
Race and Rights
Fighting Slavery and Prejudice in the Old Northwest, 1830-1870
By Dana Elizabeth Weiner

From The Northern Illinois University Press
In the Old Northwest from 1830-1870, a bold set of activists battled slavery and racial prejudice. This book is about their expansive efforts to eradicate southern slavery and its local influence in the contentious milieu of four new states carved out of the Northwest Territory: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.   More >>

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"The Early American Places series is an exciting development in scholarly publishing, one that will highlight the most important part of the study of history: the local and particular dimensions of global issues and trends. This is where the rubber meets the road, where ordinary people's lives help to make, and are made by, the bustling wider world in which they live. Early American Places is an original series, and it will publish important scholarship."

— Stephanie M. H. Camp, University of Washington