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Starred Review. In this groundbreaking work, historian and scholar Rediker considers the relationships between the slave ship captain and his crew, between the sailors and the slaves, and among the captives themselves as they endured the violent, terror-filled and often deadly journey between the coasts of Africa and America. While he makes fresh use of those who left their mark in written records (Olaudah Equiano, James Field Stanfield, John Newton), Rediker is remarkably attentive to the experiences of the enslaved women, from whom we have no written accounts, and of the common seaman, who he says was a victim of the slave trade... and a victimizer. Regarding these vessels as a strange and potent combination of war machine, mobile prison, and factory, Rediker expands the scholarship on how the ships not only delivered millions of people to slavery, [but] prepared them for it. He engages readers in maritime detail (how ships were made, how crews were fed) and renders the archival (letters, logs and legal hearings) accessible. Painful as this powerful book often is, Rediker does not lose sight of the humanity of even the most egregious participants, from African traders to English merchants. (Oct. 8)
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Marcus Rediker is professor of maritime history at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (1987), The Many-Headed Hydra (2000), and Villains of All Nations (2005), books that explore seafaring, piracy, and the origins of globalization. In The Slave Ship, Rediker combines exhaustive research with an astute and highly readable synthesis of the material, balancing documentary snapshots with an ear for gripping narrative. Critics compare the impact of Rediker’s history, unique for its ship-deck perspective, to similarly compelling fictional accounts of slavery in Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Charles Johnson’s Middle Passage. Even scholars who have written on the subject defer to Rediker’s vast knowledge of the subject. Bottom line: The Slave Ship is sure to become a classic of its subject.
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This book is awesome. The stories and information it has gives you an inside look at the horrors of slavery.Published 4 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 5 months ago by Jake Zirkle
I have not read the book and do not intend to after reading the sample, the introduction. Putting a Black man in the beginning as the slave trader immediately puts the thought in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Needed it for a class. It's not a boring read, which is helpful. I learned a lot from it.Published 7 months ago by Amber Lea
Excellent book. Thoughtful, well written, and well researched, but also exciting and absolutely enchanting to read. Got to me quickly and in good condition.Published 8 months ago by D. Gabrielle
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The Slave Ship offers an engaging, emotional retelling of the lives of those who surrounded the height of the Atlantic slave trade. Read more