Emancipation in the West Indies. A Six Months’ Tour in Antigua, Barbadoes, and Jamaica, in the Year 1837.
Observations made in the Caribbean lead to a plea for the immediate emancipation of American slaves
First hand reports of travels in the Caribbean and the effects of the abolition of slavery there by authors Rev. James A. Thome and J. Horace Kimball. The two were sent there by the Executive Committee of the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1836. Their book is, in effect, a sustained plea for the immediate emancipation of American slaves:
Among the points establis[h]ed in this work, beyond the power of dispute or cavil, are the following: 1. That the act of IMMEDIATE EMANCIPATION in Antigua, was not attended with any disorder whatever. ... 4. That the prejudice of caste is fast disappearing in the emancipated islands. ... 8. That the emancipated people are perceptibly rising in the scale of civilization, morals, and religion. From these established facts, reason cannot fail to make its inferences in favor of the two and a half millions of slaves in our republic. (pvi, emphasis in original)
“James Thome entered Lane Seminary in Cincinnati in 1833 and took part in the 1833 and 1834 debates organized by Theodore Weld on the slavery question, delivering a speech in support of immediatism based on his personal experiences as the son of a Southern slaveholder… Soon after his graduation [from Oberlin College in 1836], Thome was commissioned along with J. Horace Kimball, editor of the Herald of Freedom, by the American Anti-Slavery Society to observe and report the effects of emancipation in the West Indies. The two of them spent six months in the West Indies and traveled to Antigua, Barbados and Jamaica. Their account was published in 1838 under the title Emancipation in the West Indies, and served as an influential abolitionist text.”¹
Important eyewitness account of the emancipation of slaves with added testimonies, and an appendix with some official reports, tables, etc.
Description: Emancipation in the West Indies. A Six Months’ Tour in Antigua, Barbadoes, and Jamaica, in the Year 1837.
New York: The American Anti-Slavery Society, 1838. xi, –489pp. 12mo. 7½ x 4¾ inches. Publisher’s grained cloth; gilt spine title and blind stamped covers. Spine and portions of boards sunned. Owner’s name in gall ink to front flyleaf and title page. Small loss to cloth at upper joint with old glue repair. Scattered foxing. A good solid copy.
Note. 1. James A Thome [Oberlin College] accessed online. Cundall 2236. LCP, Afro-Americana 10207. Blockson Catalogue 9385. Palau 331810. Work p274 (for second edition).