Transatlantic Slavery: Against Human Dignity

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Anthony Tibbles
Liverpool University Press, 2005 - History - 180 pages
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Between 1500 and 1870, millions of Africans were transported across the Atlantic by European traders to work as slaves in the Americas. They were shipped in conditions of great cruelty to lead lives of hard, unremitting labour, subject to degradation and violence. The products of their labour - primarily sugar, coffee and tobacco - were sent back to Europe and the profits derived from slavery helped fuel European economic development in the 18th and 19th centuries. The cost in lives and human suffering was enormous. First published to accompany a permanent gallery in the Merseyside Maritime Museum, this reissue of Transatlantic Slavery with new material documents this era through essays on women in slavery, the impact on West and Central Africa, and the African view of the slave trade. Richly illustrated, it reveals how the slave trade shaped the history of three continents-Africa, the Americas, and Europe-and how all of us continue to live with its consequences.
 

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Contents

Foreword
7
Introduction
13
Enslavement and the Middle Passage
25
Some Technical Aspects of Slave Ships
31
African Resistance to Enslavement
37
Caribbean Slave Society
47
Women in Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
57
Liverpool and West Africa after 1807
73
An African View of Transatlantic Slavery and
101
STEPHEN SMALL
107
On the Meaning and History of Slavery
113
The General Legacy of the Atlantic Slave Trade
119
The Challenge of Remembering Slavery
125
Catalogue
140
Select Bibliography
177
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Dr Richard Benjamin is Head of the International Slavery Museum, part of the National Museums Liverpool. Dr David Fleming OBE is Director of National Museums of Liverpool.

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