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By Daniel Livesay

by way of tracing the mostly forgotten eighteenth-century migration of elite mixed-race contributors from Jamaica to nice Britain, Children of doubtful Fortune reinterprets the evolution of British racial ideologies as an issue of negotiating relatives club. utilizing wills, felony petitions, relatives correspondences, and inheritance complaints, Daniel Livesay is the 1st pupil to keep on with the masses of kids born to white planters and Caribbean girls of colour who crossed the sea for academic possibilities, expert apprenticeships, marriage customers, or safe haven from colonial prejudices.

The presence of those elite teenagers of colour in Britain driven well known opinion within the British Atlantic international towards narrower conceptions of race and kinship. participants of Parliament, colonial assemblymen, service provider kings, and cultural arbiters--the very those that made up our minds Britain's colonial rules, debated abolition, handed marital legislation, and arbitrated inheritance disputes--rubbed shoulders with those mixed-race Caribbean migrants in parlors and sitting rooms. Upper-class Britons additionally resented colonial transplants and coveted their inheritances; kin intimacy gave technique to racial exclusion. through the early 19th century, family had develop into strangers.

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