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Slave Ship Sailors and Their Captive Cargoes, 1730-1807

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  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521679664

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  • Despite 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.

    • A benchmark study in the transatlantic slave trade from the sailors' perspective
    • It rasies understanding of race and racial formation in the abhorrent setting of a slave ship
    • It provides little known details on all aspects of slave trade sailors' lives
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "interesting and clearly written" - Jerome S. Handler, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

    "remarkable book" - Peter Linebaugh, University of Toledo

    "Ambitious in scope, the book offers a solid introduction to the transatlantic slave trade from the perspective of its most intimate participants: the sailors and their human cargoes." - Amy Mitchell-Cook, Department of History, University of West Florida, H-NET

    "Emma Christopher's work is engagingly written and throws up a cornucopia of new information from the archives that historians will darw on for years to come." - David Eltis, Emory University

    "This book is a major achievement...prodigiously researched and sweeping study."
    Douglas B. Chambers, The Journal of American History

    "...Christopher pieces together insightful observations about the recruitment of seamen, the multicultural composition of the mariners, the lives of sailors in the months of their service on the African coast [etc]...This monographic study will ensure greater attention to the hundreds of thousands of sailors who served on slave ships." --Patrick Manning, University of Pittsburgh: Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521679664
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.363kg
    • contains: 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    Part I. Sailors and Slave Ships:
    1. Slaving merchants and merchant seamen
    2. The multiracial crews of slave ships
    3. The bloody rise of Western freedom
    Part II. The Slaving Voyage:
    4. Life in the white man's grave
    5. Sea changes
    6. Lives for sale
    Conclusion
    Appendix 1. Black sailors on Liverpool slave ships, 1794–1805
    Appendix 2. Black sailors on Bristol slave ships, 1748–1795
    Appendix 3. Black sailors on Rhode Island slave ships, 1803–1807.

  • Author

    Emma Christopher, Monash University, Victoria
    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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