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17:30 - 19:00 4 November 2015
Gender and protest at Morant Bay and in the post-emancipation Caribbean
Lecture Theatre 103 |
UCL – Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom
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Professor Gad Heuman, Warwick and UCL Americas
Men have long been regarded as the leaders of the Morant Bay Rebellion and other post-emancipation protests. For example, Paul Bogle and George William Gordon are honoured for their involvement in the Rebellion. But it is also important to remember that women played a prominent role in the outbreak at Morant Bay as well as in other post-emancipation protests.
In examining riots and rebellions in the Anglophone Caribbean after 1834, it is therefore important to examine the role of gender. It is clear that freedom was experienced differently by black men and women and that gender inequality continued after the abolition of slavery.
Yet despite their different experiences of freedom, both men and women protested the terms of emancipation. This paper will highlight the role of women in these movements, while also devoting some attention to men. It will also discuss the gendered nature of freedom more generally.
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