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This chapter examines Antigua’s 1858 riot within a trajectory of uprisings around the nineteenth-century British Caribbean and the broader imperial world. This trend of resistance reflects the pitfalls of a partial, racially delimited freedom that brought freedpeople economic, social, and political subordination. It also revealed that in colonial settings with a history of racialized slavery, violence was the language of power that all social classes readily understood. These moments of violence represented colonial subjects’ attempts to seize power long denied to them. But the chapter also highlights the distinctions of Antigua’s uprising, in particular with Antiguan rebels first shaping their...

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