A Surinamese Marriage. John Gabriel Stedman and Joanna
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A Surinamese Marriage. John Gabriel Stedman and Joanna

(Jeroen Dewulf) The Low Countries - 2008, № 16, pp. 52-61

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The 'multicultural' love story of John Stedman and the mulatto slave Joanna in 18th-century Surinam is shown to have a double significance: on the one hand their relationship symbolises the power of love that makes it possible to overcome racial barriers, while on the other hand it is made painfully clear that in a colonial system without freedom there can be no question of true love.

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