Richard S. Dunn's Two Plantations, a Web site companion to his 2015 book, A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia, grew out of Dunn's research on British Caribbean sugar planters over forty years ago. Convinced that slavery in the United States was quite different from what he had found in the Caribbean region, Dunn spent four decades exhaustively studying the Mesopotamia Plantation in Jamaica and the Mount Airy Plantation in Virginia.

The site's content is entirely based on Dunn's reconstructions of multigenerational slave families. Dunn created diagrams for seven different families—three in Jamaica and four in Virginia—that capture basic life details of about 430 of 973 enslaved people. Births, deaths, family lineages, sale or removal, and...

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