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The Freedom of Speech: Talk and Slavery in Jamaica and Barbados

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This paper explores the idea that empires are oral cultures too. It will examine the significant investment in ‘forms of talk’ of Britain’s Atlantic empire of the long eighteenth century – in sermons, speeches, oaths, evidence giving, orders, prayers, polite conversation and debating – and their role in the process of making, and challenging, imperial identities and forms of imperial rule. Examining the highly asymmetrical slave societies of the Caribbean (Barbados and Jamaica), it investigates how speech practices both underpinned and contested notions of freedom and bondage.

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