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The Slave Ship

Unsurprisingly, Rediker's finds indicate that the conduct of the captains involved in the British slave trade was cruel beyond reckoning. The captains worked directly with African leaders, who sold...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2019, 9:17 am (UTC)

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Chapter 8 of The Slave Ship is titled "The Sailor's Vast Machine," and itdescribes everyday life for both captives and crew aboard a ship transporting slaves to the New World. Rediker points out...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2020, 2:06 pm (UTC)

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The Slave Ship

Marcus Rediker’s The Slave Ship is an extensively detailed account of the horrors of the West-African slave trade. Rediker uses a compilation of historical evidence to humanize understandings about...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020, 9:01 pm (UTC)

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The Slave Ship

Forced to become human cogs in the machinery of economic exploitation, African slaves became part of the trade industry. They were brought in on ships in which they were chained and scarcely had...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2015, 6:25 am (UTC)

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The Slave Ship was written by Marcus Rediker. In the book, he describes how slave ship captains and members of their crew worked with African leaders to procure slaves. Based on a lot of evidence...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2019, 3:49 am (UTC)

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The Slave Ship

The Slave Ship contains a thorough and eerie study of the transatlantic slave trade, the largest forced migration in the history of humanity. Many terrors awaited the slaves on board, including...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2019, 9:18 am (UTC)

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The crew members of the ships were cruel and mean as one would expect. Since no records were kept for slaves who dies during transportation, it is impossible to account for the lives lost. While...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2012, 7:53 am (UTC)

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The Slave Ship

There were (and are) costs associated with any trip across the ocean and the necessity that the trip be completed as quickly as possible because time is money for seafaring concerns. When your...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2012, 12:03 am (UTC)

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The Slave Ship

Some newly captured slaves, like Captain Tomba, resisted violently. They killed their captors, even though they knew their odds of escape were virtually nonexistent. Others went on hunger strikes...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2012, 10:59 am (UTC)

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The Slave Ship was very well received, and it remains an important work in the literature on the slave trade and the Atlantic World more generally. Rediker's approach was to focus on the slave ship...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020, 3:14 am (UTC)

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Rediker argues that the slave industry was a manifestation of the worst elements of capitalism; capitalism itself was the driving force which kept the slave trade alive. Many merchants who...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2012, 4:44 am (UTC)

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The slave trade was part of a profitable "triangular" trade in which the English shipped finished goods to Africa, picked up loads of slaves, transported the slaves to the United States, and then...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2015, 4:48 am (UTC)

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To be fair, I think the compelling factual description that Rediker provides us with in his work of non-fiction does focus on the perspective of the slaves more than that of the crew and the...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2012, 1:44 pm (UTC)

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