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Scott, Slave Emancipation in Cuba: The Transition to Freedom, 1860-1899 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985), p. 282. ), From Chattel Slaves to Wage Slaves: The Dynamics of Labour Bargaining in the Americas (London: James Currey; Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995). " O. ), The Meaning of Freedom: Economics, Politics and Culture After Slavery (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992), p. 114. 23. I. Anderson, An Inverness Lawyer, p. 64. 24 In his journal, Anderson claimed to be an objective observer who drew his conclusions about Vincentian society from his time on the island: "I am writing my own experiences, - and not making a book to please any party," he argued in one passage, while elsewhere averring that "I have formed my opinions from actual observation, - not fanciful theories" (pp.
His conviction, for example, that "the race are egregious liars" (p. 119), so influenced him that, he noted, "whenever I observed a delinquent particularly vehement in his, or her, profession of innocence, and evincing strong anxiety to swear to the truth of an assertion . . my mind almost unconsciously had formed an opposite conclusion, - even before the charge was investigated" (p. 92). He again compromised principles of judicial fairness towards the apprentices when he contended that "the most effectual method of discovering crime, among a gang .
Robert Montgomery Martin estimated annual population totals for 1812 as 24,920; 1825, 23,780; 1831, 22,997; and 1834, 22,250; while B. W. Higman tabulated statistics for 1810 as 27,400; 1820, 24,750; 1830, 23,100; and 1834, 22,250. But as Anderson's numbers confirm, in St. Vincent, as elsewhere, Emancipation transformed the demographics of the ex-slave population, which now began to increase naturally. See Martin, History of the Colonies, p. 54; and B. W. Higman, Slave Populations of the British Caribbean, 1807-1834 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984), pp.