19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This one kicks you in the gut and makes you think,
This review is from: The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World (Hardcover)
I received this book gratis to review. This history of a 19th century slave ship rebellion and the culture that brought it about is a harsh reality to examine. Where many thought “Freedom” meant their right to own another human being. To give the latter his rights was in the owner’s mind, an attempt to reduce his own personal liberties. This is certainly not a “fun” read but is filled with facts and deeds that were true to the times. Shameful yet life affirming at the same time. It is filled with mutinies, murderous plots, good intentions gone wrong and everyone trying to get what they believe they deserve. I found it highly illuminating.