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The Slave Ship: A Human History Audio CD – Bargain Price, October 15, 2007
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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 ›
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This is a fantastic work by Marcus Rediker. It presents for the reader the horrible reality of the wooden prisons that brought millions of Africans across the Atlantic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sean Breen
Academically stunning, and finally an in depth study of the entire merchant system and the ships that made it possible. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Starbright
If this history were taught in schools and know by blacks and whites alike, it serve well to anger us into unity against the black and white perpetrators that brought the scourge... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thanks
An excellent book that graphically but humanely describes the environment of the slavers that plied the Atlantic in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Read morePublished 3 months ago by WMD55
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 8 months ago by Alejandra Jaimez