The Slave Ship

Author : Marcus Rediker
ISBN : 9781440620843
Genre : History
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“Masterly.”—Adam Hochschild, The New York Times Book Review In this widely praised history of an infamous institution, award-winning scholar Marcus Rediker shines a light into the darkest corners of the British and American slave ships of the eighteenth century. Drawing on thirty years of research in maritime archives, court records, diaries, and firsthand accounts, The Slave Ship is riveting and sobering in its revelations, reconstructing in chilling detail a world nearly lost to history: the "floating dungeons" at the forefront of the birth of African American culture.
Category: History

Slave Ship

Author : Jerrold Mundis
Genre : Fiction
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A major novel of the American slave trade that annihilates the myths of black African docility and white humanity on an unforgettable nightmare voyage that takes the reader into the hearts and minds and private hells of the slavers as well as the enslaved. At a time when nearly every civilized nation, including the United States, had outlawed the trade, the American flag still flew from the masts of hundreds of slaving ships off the west coast of Africa. Aboard one such ship, the Jubilation, is Captain Edward Horneby, a quietly lethal man for whom slaving is a way of life and a chance to play God. Below decks, in a hold overflowing with degradation and death, is Osai Adoko, a proud Ashanti warrior who waits to prove that chains do not make a man a slave. And there are Hollister and Dunbar—one, a sadistic youth who uses slaves to cure his boredom; the other, a sensitive journalist traveling incognito who intends to expose the atrocities of the trade, yet is forced himself into becoming the owner of a beautiful child-woman. The action moves swiftly, from a ruinous jungle slave factory to an opulent African court, from a bizarre shore leave, to a bloody sea battle, to rampant depravity aboard the Jubilation itself. With mounting tension between whites and blacks, the book builds toward a brilliant, horrifying climax. Jerrold Mundis brings an era of shame into true perspective in a novel of startlingly powerful significance. ~~ “A superior adventure yarn, but not for the squeamish. The action is quick, gory and rings with verisimilitude. Hair-raising adventure on the high seas.” —Publishers Weekly “The dramatic actions snap along with sea battles, slave rebellions, and moral conflicts, all played out by thoroughly believable characters and building to a shattering climax.” —Library Journal OVER 4 MILLION JERROLD MUNDIS PRINT-BOOKS SOLD!
Category: Fiction

Das Sklavenschiff

Author : Barry Unsworth
ISBN : 9783105604397
Genre : Fiction
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Barry Unsworth ist mit dem ›Sklavenschiff‹ ein großer Roman gelungen, den die englische Kritik mit den berühmten Geschichten von Joseph Conrad verglichen hat. Auf hohem literarischen Niveau, exakt recherchiert, mit differenziertem Einfühlungsvermögen in Menschen und Zeitströmungen, ist dies der Roman einer widersprüchlichen Epoche und Gesellschaft, wie man ihn eindrucksvoller kaum lesen kann. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine frühere Ausgabe.)
Category: Fiction

The Amistad Rebellion

Author : Marcus Rediker
ISBN : 9781101601051
Genre : History
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On June 28, 1839, the Spanish slave schooner Amistad set sail from Havana on a routine delivery of human cargo. On a moonless night, after four days at sea, the captive Africans rose up, killed the captain, and seized control of the ship. They attempted to sail to a safe port, but were captured by the U.S. Navy and thrown into jail in Connecticut. Their legal battle for freedom eventually made its way to the Supreme Court, where their cause was argued by former president John Quincy Adams. In a landmark ruling, they were freed and eventually returned to Africa. The rebellion became one of the best-known events in the history of American slavery, celebrated as a triumph of the legal system in films and books, all reflecting the elite perspective of the judges, politicians, and abolitionists involved in the case. In this powerful and highly original account, Marcus Rediker reclaims the rebellion for its true proponents: the African rebels who risked death to stake a claim for freedom. Using newly discovered evidence, Rediker reframes the story to show how a small group of courageous men fought and won an epic battle against Spanish and American slaveholders and their governments. He reaches back to Africa to find the rebels’ roots, narrates their cataclysmic transatlantic journey, and unfolds a prison story of great drama and emotion. Featuring vividly drawn portraits of the Africans, their captors, and their abolitionist allies, he shows how the rebels captured the popular imagination and helped to inspire and build a movement that was part of a grand global struggle between slavery and freedom. The actions aboard the Amistad that July night and in the days and months that followed were pivotal events in American and Atlantic history, but not for the reasons we have always thought. The successful Amistad rebellion changed the very nature of the struggle against slavery. As a handful of self-emancipated Africans steered their own course to freedom, they opened a way for millions to follow. This stunning book honors their achievement.
Category: History

The Slave Ship Memory And The Origin Of Modernity

Author : Martyn Hudson
ISBN : 9781317015901
Genre : Social Science
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Traces; slave names, the islands and cities into which we are born, our musics and rhythms, our genetic compositions, our stories of our lost utopias and the atrocities inflicted upon our ancestors, by our ancestors, the social structure of our cities, the nature of our diasporas, the scars inflicted by history. These are all the remnants of the middle passage of the slave ship for those in the multiple diasporas of the globe today, whose complex histories were shaped by that journey. Whatever remnants that once existed in the subjectivities and collectivities upon which slavery was inflicted has long passed. But there are hints in material culture, genetic and cultural transmissions and objects that shape certain kinds of narratives - this is how we know ourselves and how we tell our stories. This path-breaking book uncovers the significance of the memory of the slave ship for modernity as well as its role in the cultural production of modernity. By so doing, it examines methods of ethnography for historical events and experiences and offers a sociology and a history from below of the slave experience. The arguments in this book show the way for using memory studies to undermine contemporary slavery.
Category: Social Science

Dark Places Of The Earth The Voyage Of The Slave Ship Antelope

Author : Jonathan M. Bryant
ISBN : 9781631490774
Genre : History
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Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in History A dramatic work of historical detection illuminating one of the most significant—and long forgotten—Supreme Court cases in American history. In 1820, a suspicious vessel was spotted lingering off the coast of northern Florida, the Spanish slave ship Antelope. Since the United States had outlawed its own participation in the international slave trade more than a decade before, the ship's almost 300 African captives were considered illegal cargo under American laws. But with slavery still a critical part of the American economy, it would eventually fall to the Supreme Court to determine whether or not they were slaves at all, and if so, what should be done with them. Bryant describes the captives' harrowing voyage through waters rife with pirates and governed by an array of international treaties. By the time the Antelope arrived in Savannah, Georgia, the puzzle of how to determine the captives' fates was inextricably knotted. Set against the backdrop of a city in the grip of both the financial panic of 1819 and the lingering effects of an outbreak of yellow fever, Dark Places of the Earth vividly recounts the eight-year legal conflict that followed, during which time the Antelope's human cargo were mercilessly put to work on the plantations of Georgia, even as their freedom remained in limbo. When at long last the Supreme Court heard the case, Francis Scott Key, the legendary Georgetown lawyer and author of "The Star Spangled Banner," represented the Antelope captives in an epic courtroom battle that identified the moral and legal implications of slavery for a generation. Four of the six justices who heard the case, including Chief Justice John Marshall, owned slaves. Despite this, Key insisted that "by the law of nature all men are free," and that the captives should by natural law be given their freedom. This argument was rejected. The court failed Key, the captives, and decades of American history, siding with the rights of property over liberty and setting the course of American jurisprudence on these issues for the next thirty-five years. The institution of slavery was given new legal cover, and another brick was laid on the road to the Civil War. The stakes of the Antelope case hinged on nothing less than the central American conflict of the nineteenth century. Both disquieting and enlightening, Dark Places of the Earth restores the Antelope to its rightful place as one of the most tragic, influential, and unjustly forgotten episodes in American legal history.
Category: History


Author : Alex Haley
ISBN : 3596224489
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Real Pirates

Author : Barry Clifford
ISBN : 9781426202629
Genre : History
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Explores the role of the Whydah in the slave trade and discusses how it came to be a pirate ship, providing evidence of what life was like for pirates in the Caribbean Area in the 18th century through artifiacts found on the wrecks of pirate ships.
Category: History

From Slave Ship To Harvard

Author : James H. Johnston
ISBN : 9780823239504
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Reveals the life and history of Yarrow Mamout and the subsequent generations of his family, linking their lives to the changing American landscape.
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Author : Derek Walcott
ISBN : 3446182993
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