The Slave Ship: A Human History

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9780670018239: The Slave Ship: A Human History

The missing link in the chain of American slavery

For three centuries slave ships carted millions of people from the coasts of Africa across the Atlantic to the Americas. Much is known of the slave trade and the American plantation system, but little of the ships that made it all possible. In The Slave Ship, award-winning historian Marcus Rediker draws on thirty years of research in maritime archives to create an unprecedented history of these vessels and the human drama acted out on their rolling decks. He reconstructs in chilling detail the lives, deaths, and terrors of captains, sailors, and the enslaved aboard a “floating dungeon” trailed by sharks. From the young African kidnapped from his village and sold into slavery by a neighboring tribe to the would-be priest who takes a job as a sailor on a slave ship only to be horrified at the evil he sees to the captain who relishes having “a hell of my own,” Rediker illuminates the lives of people who were thought to have left no trace.
This is a tale of tragedy and terror, but also an epic of resilience, survival, and the creation of something entirely new. Marcus Rediker restores the slave ship to its rightful place alongside the plantation as a formative institution of slavery, a place where a profound and still haunting history of race, class, and modern economy was made.

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Marcus Rediker is a professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. He has held numerous fellowships and lectured around the world. He is the author of five books, including (with Peter Linebaugh) The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic.

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The chilling accounts of eighteenth-century slave ships written by captains, sailors, and the captives themselves depict more cruelty and suffering than fiction could imagine. One sadistic captain chopped off the extremities of rebellious captives, ending with the head, to quell any uprisings by others. Narrator David Drummond pronounces the African names, places, and tribes with ease, and his precise speech enunciates every word. He separates the authorÕs writing from the stilted English of the time with a beginning pause, but gives no clue when the quotes end. The frequent switches would have been cleaner had he employed some accents or voices for the hundreds of personal accounts. Another improvement would have had Drummond reading the poetry with more expression. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Verlag: New York [ua] Viking (2007)
ISBN 10: 0670018236 ISBN 13: 9780670018239
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Buchbeschreibung New York [ua] Viking, 2007. 0. 23,5x16,5 cm. 434 S. Hardback with shiny copper title on spine. Very good. Jacket as well. Inside in mint condition. Page edges easily dusty. In this intimate human history of an inhuman institution, Marcus Rediker shines a light into the darkest corners of the British and American slave ships of the 18th century. Drawing on thirty years of research in maritime archives, including court records, diaries, memoirs, and interviews conducted by abolitionists along the waterfront, Rediker illuminates the lives of people who were thought to have left no trace. From the young African kidnapped and sold into slavery by a neighboring tribe to the would-be priest who took a job as a sailor on a slave ship only to be horrified at the evil he saw, to the captain who relished having "a hell of my own," he reconstructs in chilling detail the lives, deaths, and terrors of captains, sailors, and the enslaved aboard a "floating dungeon." With lots of illustrations on plates in the middle of the book. Hardback with shiny copper title on spine. Very good. Jacket as well. Artikel-Nr. 7862DB

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