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Slave Ship Sailors and Their Captive Cargoes, 1730-1807 (Hardback)
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Slave Ship Sailors and Their Captive Cargoes, 1730-1807 (Hardback)

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Hardback 260 Pages / Published: 03/04/2006
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Despite the vast literature on the transatlantic slave trade, the role of sailors aboard slave ships has remained unexplored. This book fills that gap by examining every aspect of their working lives, from their reasons for signing on a slaving vessel, to their experiences in the Caribbean and the American South after their human cargoes had been sold. It explores how they interacted with men and women of African origin at their ports of call, from the Africans they traded with, to the free black seamen who were their crewmates, to the slaves and ex-slaves they mingled with in the port cities of the Americas. Most importantly, it questions their interactions with the captive Africans they were transporting during the dread middle passage, arguing that their work encompassed the commoditisation of these people ready for sale.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521861625
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 231 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This work provides an excellent account that fills glaring gaps in our historical understanding of the slave trade and the maritime experiences of all those who suffered at its hands. Nautical Archaeology
"interesting and clearly written" - Jerome S. Handler, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
"remarkable book" - Peter Linebaugh, University of Toledo
"Ambitious in scope, the book offers a solid introduction to the transatlantic slave trade from the perspective of its most intimate participants: the sailors and their human cargoes." - Amy Mitchell-Cook, Department of History, University of West Florida, H-NET
"Emma Christopher's work is engagingly written and throws up a cornucopia of new information from the archives that historians will darw on for years to come." - David Eltis, Emory University
"This book is a major achievement...prodigiously researched and sweeping study." Douglas B. Chambers, The Journal of American History
"...Christopher pieces together insightful observations about the recruitment of seamen, the multicultural composition of the mariners, the lives of sailors in the months of their service on the African coast [etc]...This monographic study will ensure greater attention to the hundreds of thousands of sailors who served on slave ships." --Patrick Manning, University of Pittsburgh: Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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