New Book, Launch and Seminar: Settler Society in the English Leeward Islands, 1670-1776

Institute for the Studies of the Americas will host a seminar and book launch for Natalie Zacek’s Settler Society in the English Leeward Islands, 1670-1776 (Cambrigde University Press, 2010). Zacek (University of Manchester) will speak about her book on November 17, 2010, at the launch from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the Institute for the Studies of the Americas, Room G27 (Senate House, Ground Floor), Malet Street, London.

Settler Society in the English Leeward Islands, 1670‐1776 is the first study of the history of the federated colony of the Leeward Islands—Antigua, Montserrat, Nevis, and St Kitts—that covers all four islands in the period from their independence from Barbados in 1670 up to the outbreak of the American Revolution, which reshaped the Caribbean. Natalie A. Zacek emphasizes the extent to which the planters of these islands attempted to establish recognizably English societies in tropical islands based on plantation agriculture and African slavery. By examining conflicts relating to ethnicity and religion, controversies regarding sex and social order, and a series of virulent battles over the limits of local and imperial authority, this book depicts these West Indian colonists as skilled improvisers who adapted to an unfamiliar environment, and as individuals as committed as other American colonists to the norms and values of English society, politics, and culture.

Natalie Zacek is Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Manchester. She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University, and has published essays on aspects of the social, cultural, and gender history of the English West Indies in Slavery and Abolition, the Journal of Peasant Studies, Wadabagei, and History Compass, as well as a number of edited volumes. She has received funding awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the British Academy, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Earhart Foundation, and she is currently working on a history of horse‐racing in 19th‐century America.

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