Slave Ship Sailors and their Captive Cargoes, 1730-1807
By (author) Emma Christopher
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Slave Ship Sailors and their Captive Cargoes, 1730-1807 by Emma Christopher
Book DescriptionDespite the vast literature on the transatlantic slave trade, the role of sailors aboard slave ships has remained unexplored. This book fills that gap by examining every aspect of their working lives, from their reasons for signing on a slaving vessel, to their experiences in the Caribbean and the American South after their human cargoes had been sold. It explores how they interacted with men and women of African origin at their ports of call, from the Africans they traded with, to the free black seamen who were their crewmates, to the slaves and ex-slaves they mingled with in the port cities of the Americas. Most importantly, it questions their interactions with the captive Africans they were transporting during the dread middle passage, arguing that their work encompassed the commoditisation of these people ready for sale.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521861625
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Emma Christopher
Merciless Place, Paperback (August 2010)
The extraordinary story - lost for two centuries - of how a failed British attempt to establish a penal colony in West Africa led to their eventual decision to abandon their African plans and move to the recently discovered colony known as New South Wales. Out of the embers of the African debacle came the modern nation of Australia.
Many Middle Passages, Paperback (August 2007)
Presents a perspective on the history of forced migration over 3 centuries and illuminates the centrality of movements of people in making of this world. This book traces the history of slaves, indentured servants, transported convicts, bonded soldiers, trafficked women, and coolie and Kanaka labor across the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans.
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An examination of the lives of those laboring aboard British and North American slave ships.
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Author Biography - Emma Christopher
Emma Christopher is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Historical Studies, Monash University. She has held fellowships from Mystic Seaport Museum, Connecticut; the Huntington Library, California; the National Maritime Museum in London; and the Atlantic World Center at Harvard University. She has published articles in Atlantic Studies, the Journal of Australian Colonial Studies, and the Times Higher Education Supplement. She has travelled extensively in many parts of the world, including wide-ranging travels around areas of West Africa and the Caribbean mentioned in this work.
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