Slave Ship : A Human History

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-09-30
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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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.

Author Biography

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

Introductionp. 1
Life, Death, and Terror in the Slave Tradep. 14
The Evolution of the Slave Shipp. 41
African Paths to the Middle Passagep. 73
Olaudah Equiano: Astonishment and Terrorp. 108
James Field Stanfield and the Floating Dungeonp. 132
John Newton and the Peaceful Kingdomp. 157
The Captain's Own Hellp. 187
The Sailor's Vast Machinep. 222
From Captives to Shipmatesp. 263
The Long Voyage of the Slave Ship Brooksp. 308
Epilogue: Endless Passagep. 343
Acknowledgmentsp. 357
Notesp. 361
Indexp. 417
Illustration Sources and Creditsp. 433
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