Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade: Setting the Record Straight

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NYU Press, Jul 1, 2000 - History - 386 pages

In the wake of the civil rights movement, a great divide has opened up between African American and Jewish communities. What was historically a harmonious and supportive relationship has suffered from a powerful and oft-repeated legend, that Jews controlled and masterminded the slave trade and owned slaves on a large scale, well in excess of their own proportion in the population.
In this groundbreaking book, likely to stand as the definitive word on the subject, Eli Faber cuts through this cloud of mystification to recapture an important chapter in both Jewish and African diasporic history.
Focusing on the British empire, Faber assesses the extent to which Jews participated in the institution of slavery through investment in slave trading companies, ownership of slave ships, commercial activity as merchants who sold slaves upon their arrival from Africa, and direct ownership of slaves. His unprecedented original research utilizing shipping and tax records, stock-transfer ledgers, censuses, slave registers, and synagogue records reveals, once and for all, the minimal nature of Jews' involvement in the subjugation of Africans in the Americas.
A crucial corrective, Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade lays to rest one of the most contested historical controversies of our time.

 

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Despite the polemical subtitle, a scholarly and meticulously researched account of Jewish participation in the slave trade in the British colonies of the Caribbean and in the US. In 1991, the ... Read full review

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This is THE definitive book on the VERY MINIMAL role Jewish people had in this disgusting practice perpetrated by the oppressive whites.
Do not read any gentile-authored books on this subject
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This is the only one you need!
The Chosen are not above reproach, but they are more holy and do less wrong than the lowly shiksa and shegetz goyim and so are beyond reproach. We dindu nuffin!
 

Contents

Introduction
1
CHAPTER 1 Englands Jewish Merchants and the Slave Trade
11
CHAPTER 2 Jews and Slaves in SeventeenthCentury Barbados and Jamaica
44
CHAPTER 3 Jews and Slavery in Jamaica 170080
57
CHAPTER 4 Jews and Slavery in Barbados and Nevis 170080
91
Jamaica and Barbados 17801820
105
CHAPTER 6 Jewish Merchants and Slavery in the Mainland Colonies
131
Conclusion
143
Appendixes
147
Notes
255
Bibliography
331
Index
361
About the Author
367
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About the author (2000)

Eli Faber is Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, and author of A Time for Planting: The First Migration, 1654-1828, the first volume in the five-volume The Jewish People in America.

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