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Race and Class in the Colonial Bahamas, 1880-1960$
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Gail Saunders

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062549

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062549.001.0001

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The Bahamas in the Post-Emancipation Period

The Bahamas in the Post-Emancipation Period

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1 The Bahamas in the Post-Emancipation Period
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Race and Class in the Colonial Bahamas, 1880-1960
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Gail Saunders

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062549.003.0002

This chapter briefly examines the Bahamas’ apprenticeship, land tenure, and labor systems, including labor tenancy, sharecropping, and the truck system. The Bahamas’ strategic position and its close proximity to ports in the southern United States made it an ideal transshipment area for goods bound for Europe and Confederate ports, especially recognized during the American Civil War. In a social overview of the Bahamas from the late into the early twentieth centuries, chapter 1 gives a brief account of business and tourism, political and constitutional developments, religion, and an underfunded public educational system, which particularly marginalized the nonwhite population.

Keywords:   land tenure, labor, sharecropping, truck system, transhipment business, tourism, political developments, constitutional developments, religion, educational system

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