National Library Presents Troubling Freedom!
ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (December 23, 2015) – On Saturday, January 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm. the National Public Library of Antigua & Barbuda will host the launch of Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation, a historical book by Dr. Natasha Lightfoot.
In 1834 Antigua became the only British colony in the Caribbean to move directly from slavery to full emancipation. Dr. Lightfoot tells the story of how Antigua’s newly freed black working people struggled to realize freedom in their everyday lives, prior to and in the decades following emancipation. She presents freedpeople’s efforts to form an efficient workforce, acquire property, secure housing, worship, and build independent communities in response to elite prescriptions for acceptable behavior and oppression. Despite its continued efforts, Antigua’s black population failed to convince whites that its members were worthy of full economic and political inclusion. By highlighting the diverse ways freedpeople defined and created freedom through quotidian acts of survival and occasional uprisings, Lightfoot complicates conceptions of freedom and the general narrative that landlessness was the primary constraint for newly emancipated slaves in the Caribbean.
Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation, is published by Duke University Press. Books will be available for purchase. For more information, contact the National Public Library of Antigua & Barbuda at (268) 562-4503.
About Dr. Natasha Lightfoot
Natasha Lightfoot, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of History and a Faculty Research Fellow of the Institute for African American Studies at Columbia University, New York. She teaches Caribbean, Atlantic World, and African Diaspora History focusing on the subjects of slavery and emancipation, black identities, politics, and cultures.
For more information about Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation please visit Best of Books, St. John’s.
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