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Freedom and ResistanceA Social History of Black Loyalists in the Bahamas$
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Christopher Curry

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054476

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054476.001.0001

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Labor, Land, and the Law

Labor, Land, and the Law

(p.128) 4 Labor, Land, and the Law
Freedom and Resistance

Christopher Curry

University Press of Florida

Chapter 4 turns to the importance of work and labor relations for black loyalists in the Bahamas. It argues that similar to their counterparts in Nova Scotia, black loyalists in the Bahamas were often denied access to land and property, complicating their efforts to earn a living free of dependent relations with whites. Acquiring land was not the only obstacle facing black loyalists. They were often forced into coercive and exploitative labor relations with more affluent white loyalists in order to pay off debt owed, or simply, as a means to escape starvation and poverty. Despite the innumerable challenges facing black loyalists, there is convincing evidence that they succeeded in carving out important niches in the urban work environment of Nassau.

Keywords:   labor relations, debt, dependent relations, exploitative

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