The Slave Ship by Marcus Rediker
A Human History

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In this widely praised history of an infamous institution, award-winning scholar Marcus Rediker shines a light into the darkest corners of the British and American slave ships of the eighteenth century. Drawing on thirty years of research in maritime archives, court records, diaries, and firsthand accounts, The Slave Ship is riveting and sobering in its revelations, reconstructing in chilling detail a world nearly lost to history: the ?floating dungeons? at the forefront of the birth of African American culture.
 

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MARCUS REDIKER is a professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of The Slave Ship: A Human History, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Merle Curti Award, and (with Peter Linebaugh) The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailor, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic.
 
Published October 4, 2007 by Penguin Books. 448 pages
Genres: History, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences, War, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Here Rediker (Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age, 2004, etc.) excels, detailing their strategies of resistance—refusing to eat, jumping overboard, rising up against their captors—their shipboard punishments, deaths and deprivations and the new kinship that arose among the...

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Politically, the slave ship was a continual furnace of rebellion, packed with desperate people willing to fight to the death for their freedom, and who often did so: there were nearly 500 documented revolts on Atlantic slave ships and probably many more considered so routine they never made it in...

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The Slave Ship : A Human History by Marcus Rediker Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Marcus Rediker attempts to solve the ...

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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 Afric...

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Star Tribune

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The real Enlightenment happens here, in Rediker's powerful history of the slave ships, their terrible cargo and profit-crazed captains.

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Historical Novel Society

Countless thousands of words have been written about the slave trade and the industries built upon its products.

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Historical Novel Society

Rediker’s book does not pretend to be a history of the slave trade (the best book remains Hugh Thomas’ The Slave Trade, Picador 1997).

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London Review of Books

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Slave Ship "has been a painful book to write," Marcus Rediker writes, "and if I have done any justice to the subject, it will be a painful book to read."

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Socialist Review

When they had transported the slaves they would take those structures down so that they could load sugar casks between decks, so that when the ship arrives back in port it did not look like a slave ship any more.

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Racism Review

Inheriting The Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History is Thomas Norman DeWolf’s powerful and disarmingly honest memoir of the journey.

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Early chapters examine the physical features and construction of the slave ship and introduce the cast of characters through a series of portraits of individual captains, sailors, and slaves.

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