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Transatlantic Slavery: An Introduction (Liverpool University Press - National Museums Liverpool)

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Over the four hundred years of transatlantic slavery, at least twelve million Africans were enslaved, in the largest forced migration in human history. Drawing on a wealth of material held by the International Slavery Museum, this introductory book tells their many stories—from the early days of colonialism to frequent slave uprisings and the various efforts to suppress the slave trade in the Britain, the United States, and beyond. The legacy of slavery is also examined in this book, including enduring contemporary manifestations of this bloody trade.
 
Despite considerable scholarship on the topic, many people remain largely uninformed about the history of the slave trade. Richly illustrated, straightforward, and with a perceptive foreword by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, this is the perfect book to introduce readers to the subject of transatlantic slavery and will be required reading for all those approaching the subject for the first time.
 
“The enslavement of Africans fueled the economic development of the United States and the world—so in that sense, African people, whether in the United States or Britain, are creditors, not debtors. From finance to cotton, shipping, and trade, no economic development in the world could have evolved without the contributions—as enslaved people—of African people.”—Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, from the Foreword

 

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Between 1500 and 1870, millions of Africans were transported across the Atlantic by European traders to work as slaves in the Americas. They were shipped in conditions of great cruelty to lead lives of hard, unremitting labour, subject to degradation and violence. The products of their labour - primarily sugar, coffee and tobacco - were sent back to Europe and the profits derived from slavery helped fuel European economic development in the 18th and 19th centuries. The cost in lives and human suffering was enormous. First published to accompany a permanent gallery in the Merseyside Maritime Museum, this reissue of Transatlantic Slavery with new material documents this era through essays on women in slavery, the impact on West and Central Africa, and the African view of the slave trade. Richly illustrated, it reveals how the slave trade shaped the history of three continents-Africa, the Americas, and Europe-and how all of us continue to live with its consequences.

About the Author

Richard Benjamin is head of National Museums Liverpools International Slavery Museum. David Fleming is director of National Museums Liverpool.

 

Table of Contents

Foreword by Reverend Jesse Jackson

 

What is slavery?

A history of transatlantic slavery

Liverpool: capital of the transatlantic slave trade

Enslavement and the Middle Passage

Life and death in the Americas

The end of slavery

The legacy of slavery

The International Slavery Museum

 

Further reading

Museums and websites to visit

Acknowledgements

Product Details

ISBN:
9781846316395
Author:
Benjamin, Richard
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
Author:
Fleming, David
Author:
Tibbles, Anthony
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Liverpool University Press - National Museums Liverpool
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.5 x 8.5 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » Slavery and Reconstruction
History and Social Science » Sociology » Black Studies (Global)
History and Social Science » Sociology » Slavery
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , Between 1500 and 1870, millions of Africans were transported across the Atlantic by European traders to work as slaves in the Americas. They were shipped in conditions of great cruelty to lead lives of hard, unremitting labour, subject to degradation and violence. The products of their labour - primarily sugar, coffee and tobacco - were sent back to Europe and the profits derived from slavery helped fuel European economic development in the 18th and 19th centuries. The cost in lives and human suffering was enormous. First published to accompany a permanent gallery in the Merseyside Maritime Museum, this reissue of Transatlantic Slavery with new material documents this era through essays on women in slavery, the impact on West and Central Africa, and the African view of the slave trade. Richly illustrated, it reveals how the slave trade shaped the history of three continents-Africa, the Americas, and Europe-and how all of us continue to live with its consequences.
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