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Southern Comfort on the Rock: Tourism and Racial Politics in Post Emancipation Bermuda During the US Civil War

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The British Colony of Bermuda is famous for tourism and, consequently, the financial prosperity of tourism has shaped its international image for many decades. However, beneath the colony’s touristic façade lies a society that has historically grappled with the social politics of race and class. As such this paper analyzes the ways in which Bermudian society adjusted to the presence of hundreds of Confederate smugglers (i.e. – blockade runners) during the US Civil War. Since Bermuda was a British colony, the island was declared politically ‘neutral’ in 1861. However, British textile merchants conspired with the Southern Confederate government in order to conduct illegal trade with Southern planters who used Caribbean islands such as Bermuda and Nassau as offshore ports. Using the colony’s tourism industry as a window into Bermudian life, this paper examines the problems, tensions and commercial opportunities brought about by the presence of Confederate personnel in the predominantly black Caribbean island of Bermuda. In doing so, it explores themes such as: the racial politics of post-Emancipation British colonies; whiteness as a transatlantic ‘imagined community’; nascent pan-Africanism between African Americans and Afro-Bermudians; as well as, the ways in which race and class informed the construction of the colony’s tourism industry.
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Francis, II, Theodore. "Southern Comfort on the Rock: Tourism and Racial Politics in Post Emancipation Bermuda During the US Civil War" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p521969_index.html>

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Francis, II, T. "Southern Comfort on the Rock: Tourism and Racial Politics in Post Emancipation Bermuda During the US Civil War" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p521969_index.html

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Abstract: The British Colony of Bermuda is famous for tourism and, consequently, the financial prosperity of tourism has shaped its international image for many decades. However, beneath the colony’s touristic façade lies a society that has historically grappled with the social politics of race and class. As such this paper analyzes the ways in which Bermudian society adjusted to the presence of hundreds of Confederate smugglers (i.e. – blockade runners) during the US Civil War. Since Bermuda was a British colony, the island was declared politically ‘neutral’ in 1861. However, British textile merchants conspired with the Southern Confederate government in order to conduct illegal trade with Southern planters who used Caribbean islands such as Bermuda and Nassau as offshore ports. Using the colony’s tourism industry as a window into Bermudian life, this paper examines the problems, tensions and commercial opportunities brought about by the presence of Confederate personnel in the predominantly black Caribbean island of Bermuda. In doing so, it explores themes such as: the racial politics of post-Emancipation British colonies; whiteness as a transatlantic ‘imagined community’; nascent pan-Africanism between African Americans and Afro-Bermudians; as well as, the ways in which race and class informed the construction of the colony’s tourism industry.


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