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Race, Ideology, and the Decline of Caribbean Marxism$
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Anthony P. Maingot

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061061

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061061.001.0001

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Eric Williams vs. Frank Tannenbaum

Eric Williams vs. Frank Tannenbaum

On Slave Laws, Slavery Systems, and Subsequent Race Relations

(p.36) 2 Eric Williams vs. Frank Tannenbaum
Race, Ideology, and the Decline of Caribbean Marxism

Anthony P. Maingot

University Press of Florida

Williams and Tannenbaum clashed during the first-held meeting on Caribbean studies, and chapter 2 revisits that debate. Williams argues that differences in the way slaves were treated throughout the Caribbean is related to levels of production for capitalist markets. Tannenbaum argues that cultural differences (in religious and legal systems, for example) explains the harsh treatment of the slaves within Protestant cultures compared with the more compassionate treatment of slaves within Hispanic cultures. No agreement was reached between the scholars at that meeting or in subsequent publications.

Keywords:   Eric Williams, Frank Tannenbaum, Caribbean studies, Protestant culture, Hispanic culture, capitalism, religious system, legal system

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