Many were wealthy, but others were destitute. Many traveled to Britain to be educated, some returned to Jamaica, others went to India to seek careers and fortunes. They were members of families, with all of the struggle, drama, intimacy and ambition that that entails. In his new book Children of Uncertain Fortune: Mixed-Race Jamaicans in Britain and the Atlantic Family, 1733-1833
(UNC Press, 2018), Dan Livesay
tells the stories of Jamaicans of mixed-race backgrounds as embedded in the broader processes that shaped the 18th- and 19th-century Atlantic World, including revolt, revolution, and the changing contours of slavery and the slave trade.