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Dungeons and Diaspora

Lose Your Mother by Saidiya Hartman

Reviewed by Anne C. Bailey
Ms. Magazine

"For decades, academic discussions about the Atlantic slave trade centered on the number of Africans taken from the continent in a violent, forced migration to lands in the Americas. In 1969, historian Philip Curtin attempted the first scientific study of the numbers question (The Atlantic Slave Trade: A Census), producing a figure of approximately 9.5 million; scholars since have revised the number to 12 million, and still others estimate that as many as 20 million souls were uprooted from their homelands and made to suffer the brutality of the Middle Passage on their way to plantation slavery...." Read the entire Ms. Magazine review.




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