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Transatlantic Slavery: An Introduction (Liverpool University Press - National Museums Liverpool)by Richard Benjamin
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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
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
Museums and websites to visit
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