6. Were the 1790s really a “turning point” in the resistance of Black Jamaicans?

6. Were the 1790s really a “turning point” in the resistance of Black Jamaicans?

What are we learning about?

Using Historian Eugene Genovese’s (1979) contentious interpretation that the revolutions in France and St Domingue brought a ‘turning point’ in the resistance of enslaved workers across the Americas, students will use sources of evidence across the period – as well as their timeline of ‘events’– to assess whether Genovese’s thesis applies to Jamaica. Students will again consider the evidence/archive problems at the heart of writing any history of resistance to colonial rule.

Lesson Objectives

  • Explore Genovese’s interpretation of Black resistance and its application to our enquiry question.
  • To recap the problems historians face using evidence of resistance to British rule
  • To evaluate Genovese’s interpretation using sources of evidence.

PowerPoint Lesson

Download here – Lesson 6

Suggested Tasks

  • Task A: Play a game recapping key dates / map out rebellions across Jamaica during out period of study.
  • Task B: Discuss Genovese’s interpretation of the 1790s as a turning point in the organised resistance of the enslaved and make comparisons with other interpretations.
  • Task C: Make inferences from the collection of sources to evaluate Gott’s argument.
  • Task D: Write a paragraph – using sources – that constructs an argument on the extent of change over the period.

Essential Resources

Did the Haitian Revolution inspire resistance to Transatlantic Slavery – BBC : Racism : A History

Extra Resources

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