The Slave Ship: A Human History

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Penguin, Oct 4, 2007 - History - 448 pages
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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.

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User Review  - vivycakes - LibraryThing

Well-researched and detailed description of the Atlantic slave trade & human relationships in the slave ship. Perhaps it could have been organized a little differently, because it gets very repetitive ... Read full review

THE SLAVE SHIP: A Human History

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

"Making the slave ship real, "historian Rediker (History/Univ. of Pittsburgh) revivifies the horror of this world-changing machine.By 1807, more than nine-million Africans in shackles, manacles, neck ... Read full review


The Guinea Outfit
Brother Captain
The Savage Spirit of the Trade
From Port to Ship
The Culture of the Common Sailor

Captain William Watkins
Captain James Fraser
Captain and Merchant Robert Norris
Merchant Humphry Morice
Merchant Henry Laurens
The Greedy Robbers
The Political Arithmetic of the Slave Trade 1745
A Slave Ship Built 1745
A Slave Ships Crew 1748
The Variety of Slaving Vessels 1787
A Slave Ship Described 1801
The Slave Trade in Africa
Sierra Leone and the Windward Coast
Gold Coast
Bight of Benin
Bight of Biafra
WestCentral Africa
A Social Portrait of the Captives
Louis AsaAsa
Ukawsaw Gronniosaw
The Point of No Return
Equianos Home
On the Magical Ship
Middle Passage
Long Passage
Terror in Black and White
What an English Tar Should Be
Forging the Chain
Savage Rigour
The Demon Cruelty
In Proud Benin
Middle Passage
One Dreadful Shriek
Real Enlightenment
From Rebel Sailor to Christian Captain
First Voyage 175051
Second Voyage 175253
Third Voyage 175354
Lost and Found
The Path to the Ship
Merchant Capital
Work on the Ship
Sailors Slaves and Violence
The Dead List
Mutiny and Desertion
End of the Voyage
Liverpool 1775
The Return of the Dancing Sailor
Boarding the Ship
Building Babel
Communicating Belowdecks
Refusing to Eat
Jumping Overboard
Rising Up
Going Home to Guinea
Why the Brooks?
Philadelphia and New York
FirstRate Nautical Knowledge
The Brooks in the Debate
A New Debate
Final Port
The Most Magnificent Drama Revisited
Reconciliation from Below
Dead Reckoning
Life Death and Terror in the Slave Trade
The Evolution of the Slave Ship
African Paths to the Middle Passage
Olaudah Equiano Astonishment and Terror
James Field Stanfield and the Floating Dungeon
John Newton and the Peaceful Kingdom
The Captains Own Hell
The Sailors Vast Machine
From Captives to Shipmates
The Long Voyage of the Slave Ship Brooks
Endless Passage

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About the author (2007)

Marcus Rediker is the Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh and the award-winning author of The Slave Ship. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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