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The Slave Ship: A Human History Paperback – September 30, 2008
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The book makes for unsettling reading, with murder, rape, and casual brutality leaping off nearly every page (and, as Redicker demonstrates, the brutality was not confined to use against the slaves alone, but also the crews).Read more ›
These ships were the key to an entire phase of capitalist expansion. Between the late 15th century and the late 19th century, it is estimated that they transported 10.6 million people, of whom 1.5 million died in the first year of slavery. 1.8 million had died en route to Africa's coast, and 1.8 million died on the ships. So the trade killed more than five million people.
The 18th century was the worst century, in which seven million people were transported, three million of them in British and US ships, from Liverpool, Bristol and London. Seven million slaves were bought in Britain's sugar islands, for toil in the plantations.
For half the 18th century, Britain was at war with France or Spain, for markets and empire. The slaver merchant capitalists gained from it all. They hired the captains and the captains hired the sailors. The conflict between these two forces was the primary contradiction on board, until the ships reached the African coast, then all united against the slaves. The captains exercised the discipline of exemplary violence against slaves and sailors. Their cruelty and terror were not individual quirks but were built in to `the general cruelty of the system'.
Rediker studies the conflicts, cooperation and culture of the enslaved.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A little repetitive in my opinion. but so much detail is put into the book. I enjoyed it but towards the end i kind of gave up due to the repetitiveness.Published 2 months ago by Alejandra Jaimez
love history...a gift - not read yet - so didn't know how to rate thisPublished 3 months ago by jeanette moody
Such a sad history. It needs to be a source of shame for America.Published 4 months ago by Carita Washington
This book is awesome. The stories and information it has gives you an inside look at the horrors of slavery.Published 9 months ago by Octavio Villarreal
Marcus Rediker’s The Slave Ship: A Human History examines the floating dungeons that transported millions of Africans to the Americas. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jake Zirkle