Materialism, Slavery, and The History of Jamaica

@article{Seth2014MaterialismSA,
  title={Materialism, Slavery, and The History of Jamaica},
  author={S. Seth},
  journal={Isis},
  year={2014},
  volume={105},
  pages={764 - 772}
}
  • S. Seth
  • Published 2014
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Isis
This essay explores the racial theories of Edward Long, the West Indian planter and slave owner who published his History of Jamaica in 1774. Long’s polygenism, it argues, looks strikingly different from that we are more familiar with from nineteenth-century sources. The reason for the difference is twofold. First, although Long was willing to buck biblical orthodoxy, he balked at materialism, a position that gained traction in racial studies following the successes of the phrenological… Expand
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