First and Second Reports from the Select Committee on the Slave Trade

Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Select Committee Appointed to Take the Examination of Witnesses Respecting the African Slave Trade

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Slave trade

Page: 171

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These reports include evidence taken from high ranking colonial officials, clergymen and naval officers which shows the progress of British policy at the time. They highlight the ineffectiveness of the naval effort and the power of vested interest.

Fighting the Slave Trade

Author: Sylviane A. Diouf

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 0821441809

Category: History

Page: 288

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While most studies of the slave trade focus on the volume of captives and on their ethnic origins, the question of how the Africans organized their familial and communal lives to resist and assail it has not received adequate attention. But our picture of the slave trade is incomplete without an examination of the ways in which men and women responded to the threat and reality of enslavement and deportation. Fighting the Slave Trade is the first book to explore in a systematic manner the strategies Africans used to protect and defend themselves and their communities from the onslaught of the Atlantic slave trade and how they assaulted it. It challenges widely held myths of African passivity and general complicity in the trade and shows that resistance to enslavement and to involvement in the slave trade was much more pervasive than has been acknowledged by the orthodox interpretation of historical literature. Focused on West Africa, the essays collected here examine in detail the defensive, protective, and offensive strategies of individuals, families, communities, and states. In chapters discussing the manipulation of the environment, resettlement, the redemption of captives, the transformation of social relations, political centralization, marronage, violent assaults on ships and entrepôts, shipboard revolts, and controlled participation in the slave trade as a way to procure the means to attack it, Fighting the Slave Trade presents a much more complete picture of the West African slave trade than has previously been available.

Greek Slave Systems in their Eastern Mediterranean Context, c.800-146 BC

Author: David M. Lewis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191082627

Category: History

Page: 384

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The orthodox view of ancient Mediterranean slavery holds that Greece and Rome were the only 'genuine slave societies' of the ancient world, that is, societies in which slave labour contributed significantly to the economy and underpinned the wealth of elites. Other societies, labelled 'societies with slaves', have been thought to have made little use of slave labour and therefore have been largely ignored in recent scholarship. This volume presents a radically different view of the ancient world of the Eastern Mediterranean, portraying it as a patchwork of regional slave systems. Although slavery was indeed particularly highly developed in Greece and Rome, it was also entrenched in Carthage and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean, and played a not insignificant role in the affairs of elites in Assyria, Babylonia, and Persia. In Greece, diversity was the rule: from the early archaic period onwards, differing historical trajectories in various regions shaped the institution of slavery in manifold ways, producing very different slave systems in regions such as Sparta, Crete, and Attica. However, in the wider Eastern Mediterranean world, we find a similar level of diversity: slavery was exploited to differing degrees across all of these regions, and was the outcome of a complex interplay between cultural, economic, political, geographic, and demographic variables. In seeking to contextualize slaving practices across the Greek world through detailed soundings of the slaving practices of the Israelites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and Carthaginians, this volume not only provides new insights into these ancient cultures, but also allows for a nuanced exploration of the economic underpinnings of Greek elite culture that sets its reliance on slavery within a broader context and sheds light on the complex circumstances from which it emerged.

Neither Slave nor Free

Author: David W. Cohen,Jack P. Greene

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421441187

Category: Social Science

Page: 357

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The task was to canvass current knowledge and pinpoint areas of needed research regarding two topics: first, the experience of the free colored as a measure of the character of slavery and race relations; second, the fundamental roles of this group in the evolution of the respective societies."—American Historical Review

The Slave's Narrative

Author: Henry Louis Gates

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195066561

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 342

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The autobiographical narratives of black ex-slaves published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries constitute the largest body of literature produced by slaves in human history. Black slaves in the New World created a veritable "literature of escape" depicting the overwhelming horrors of human bondage. These narratives served the abolitionist movement not only as evidence of the slaves' degradation but also of their "intellectual capacity." Accordingly, this literature has elicited a wealth of analysis- and controversy- from its initial publication right up to our day. This volume charts the response to the black slave's narrative from 1750 to the present. The book consists of three sections: selected reviews of slave narratives, dating from 1750 to 1861; essays examining how such narratives serve as historical material; and essays exploring the narratives as literary artifacts.

The Dutch in the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1600-1815

Author: Johannes Postma

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521048248

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 444

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Presenting a thorough analysis of the Dutch participation in the transatlantic slave trade, this book is based upon extensive research in Dutch archives. The book examines the whole range of Dutch involvement in the Atlantic slave trade from the beginning of the 1600s to the nineteenth century.

Indian and Slave Royalists in the Age of Revolution

Author: Marcela Echeverri

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107084148

Category: History

Page: 294

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Marcela Echeverri draws a picture of the royalist region of Popayán (modern-day Colombia) that reveals deep chronological layers and multiple social and spatial textures. She uses royalism as a lens to rethink the temporal, spatial, and conceptual boundaries that conventionally structure historical narratives about the Age of Revolution.

The Slave in the Swamp

Author: William Tynes Cowa

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135470596

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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First Published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.