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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 Shipis 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.
Marcus Rediker, the chair of the history department at the University of Pittsburgh, has won several book prizes and lectures around the world. He is the author of four other books, including (with Peter Linebaugh) The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic.
Table of Contents
|Life, Death, and Terror in the Slave Trade||p. 14|
|The Evolution of the Slave Ship||p. 41|
|African Paths to the Middle Passage||p. 73|
|Olaudah Equiano: Astonishment and Terror||p. 108|
|James Field Stanfield and the Floating Dungeon||p. 132|
|John Newton and the Peaceful Kingdom||p. 157|
|The Captain's Own Hell||p. 187|
|The Sailor's Vast Machine||p. 222|
|From Captives to Shipmates||p. 263|
|The Long Voyage of the Slave Ship Brooks||p. 308|
|Epilogue: Endless Passage||p. 343|
|Illustration Sources and Credits||p. 433|
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