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Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade: Setting the Record Straight (New Perspectives on Jewish Studies) Hardcover – August 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0814726389 ISBN-10: 0814726380 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: New Perspectives on Jewish Studies
  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; First Edition edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814726380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814726389
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,560,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In response to the outrageous accusations leveled against Jews by Nation of Islam preachers and some other black nationalists, this scrupulously researched book details the actual role Jews played in the Atlantic slave trade. Faber, a professor of history at the City University of New York, has pored over tax records shipping manifests, Royal Naval Office records, and contemporary accounts of Jewish life to discover the unsurprising truth: the majority of Jews in England's Caribbean and North American colonies were merchants and tradesmen, lived in towns rather than on farms or plantations and owned approximately the same number of slaves as their non-Jewish town-dwelling neighbors. The Sephardic Jews' knowledge of languages and their family and religious connections to communities all over the world gave them advantages as traders, but they preferred to import fabrics and silver rather than slaves. While some Jews did engage in the slave trade, and a large number of Jewish households in Jamaica and Barbados owned a few slaves, the tiny number of Jews living in the English colonies at the time made their involvement minimal. The slave trade was run by and for the benefit of non-Jews, and was finally brought to an end by the same people. Packed with statistics (one-half of the book is appendices and footnotes), this isn't easy reading, but Faber's scholarship is stunning. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is the insight it gives into historical research. If those claiming the Jews enslaved millions of Africans can't discover the truth, it's because they don't want to.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In recent years, allegations by certain black nationalist publications that Jews "dominated" the African slave trade have threatened to become a new blood libel against Jews. Faber, currently professor of history at John Jay College in New York City, has provided a well-written and superbly researched counterpoint to those smears. Although he concentrates on Jews as a factor within the British imperial system, Faber also examines the role of Jews as slave owners and traders within Spanish and Portuguese domains. This is not an easy read, and laymen may find the wealth of data a bit overwhelming. Still, Faber generally handles a complicated and controversial subject with objectivity and fairness; most readers should share his conclusion that, while individual Jews certainly participated in the slave trade, overall Jewish involvement was marginal. Jay Freeman

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Cooley on September 21, 2014
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A great book and a history book
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By affinity on January 19, 2015
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As the Times Literary Supplement review noted, the only way to really explore the question is to sift through all the records to find out what the records say about the slave trade and how much involved Jews and Non-Jews. That is what Faber has done. It is amazing that he had the patience and found all these records. Naval Office records logged the ships bringing slaves in. Other records tracked slave ships leaving Africa. Faber demonstrates that Jews' involvement in the slave trade was both a tiny minority of Jews and a tiny tiny fraction of the total slave trading community. Overall, Jews were involved on the order of about 1% or so of the slave trading. As slave owners, they were even less. Free African Americans owned more slaves than Jews did in one census. And both Jew and African American owned slaves combined were about 1% of the total slaves owned in the Americas.
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Todd Raine on September 11, 2013
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This goes against what their own revered historians have already documented. They had a virtual monopoly of the trade and from my research, were the majority of slave owners as well.
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8 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mohammed S. Ali on August 20, 2013
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This book is filled with basically proganda which trys to diminish the role played by the Jewish community in the slave trade, the vast majority of ships used to transport slaves where owned by Jews and even the auctions of slaves would be cancelled on the sabbath as many of the buyers were Jewish and would not attend the auctions.
And in regards to the other review which strangely attacks Muslims and Islam, I suggest he actually researches Islam, one of the first to embrace Islam was a slave called Bilal , who was released from slavery by the prophet buying him from his pagan owners, he was in fact one of the closest companions of the prophet and stayed with him as a friend until his death.
And if he is truly looking for slavery in holy texts, I suggest he looks into Leviticus, which not only encourages the taking of slaves (Gentiles only) but also rape and stoning for a variety of sins, the Talmud also discusses Slavery, again only gentiles and even quotes death for them,
Abhodah zarah 26b even the best of the goim should be killed.
I suggest the author of this book is actually trying to cover up the crimes of slavery, please look more depply into this topic, including researching the archives of the US government on this topic which confirms the ownership of the slave ships as mainly Jewish owned.
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11 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2002
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Western slaves traded traveling to Africa in the 1600's found a flourishing slave trade run in large part by Islamic traders from the Ummayad through Ottoman Islamic empire. The Koran expressly embraces slavery. Remember that the Koran is supposed to be the DIRECT word of GOD. Mohammed left many rules for slaveholders. Slavery was not abolished in Saudi Arabia until 1964. See the Segal book for documentation of this information.
In what is called the New World the Aztecs, Incans and many native American tribes practiced a brutally cruel form of slavery
The great pyramids of Egypt were built by slave labor. The Ancient Egyptian society pre-dates the period of the Blblical Hebrews by millenia. The Egyptians left literature and art detailing a comprehensive system of slavery.
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