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Free download The Slave Ship A Human History í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Read & Download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ü Marcus Rediker Marcus Rediker Ü 6 Free download Aving “a hell of my own” Rediker illuminates the lives of people who were thought to have left no traceThis is a tale of tragedy and terror but also an epic of resilience survival and the creation of something entirely new Marcus Rediker restores the slave ship to its rightful place alongside the plantation as a formative institution of slavery a place where a profound and still haunting history of race class and modern economy was mad. This book was very thoroughly researched This is the first book I ve read focusing solely on the transportation part of the transatlantic slave trade and it was fascinating and horrifying to read about the way all the parts of the industry merchants ship captains sailors African traders came together to create this terrible system Although there weren t many or any written first hand accounts by African women I liked that the author made an effort to include their perspective especially at the beginning and end of the book

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Free download The Slave Ship A Human History í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Read & Download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ü Marcus Rediker Marcus Rediker Ü 6 Free download The missing link in the chain of American slavery For three centuries slave ships carted millions of people from the coasts of Africa across the Atlantic to the Americas Much is known of the slave trade and the American plantation system but little of the ships that made it all possibleIn The Slave Ship award winning historian Marcus Rediker draws on thirty years of research in maritime archives to create an unprecedented history of these. The cover of my edition of Marcus Rediker s The Slave Ship features a uote from the Sunday Telegraph describing it as A truly magnificent book Such is my prejudice that I imagine Telegraph readers coming to Rediker s work not to be educated about the shaping of race and class in the Western hemisphere by the Atlantic slave trade but to bask in reminiscences about the source of their wealth or enjoy some tales of derring do among the savages An education is what they will receive however whether they like it or notBy now the basics of the slave trade are well known including its triangular pattern ships starting in Bristol or Liverpool carried manufactured goods to Africa which were traded for slaves who were carried to the Americas and sold to work on the plantations where the raw materials cotton tobacco and sugar were bought to undergo modification in the factories and mills of Lancashire Birmingham and elsewhere up North for sale in among other places Africa The slave trade was thus perfectly integrated into the other new markets generated by the Industrial Revolution It was a business just like any other a reality that tends to escape analyses of slavery that focus on the barbarity and captivity endured by the slaves to the neglect of the logic behind bothNot that there isn t plenty of savagery and captivity to go around The genius of Rediker s book is that he has relied heavily on contemporary accounts of life on a slaver from merchants captains sailors and the slaves themselves This lends a clarity vividness and depth to the story that while not for the faint of heart will leave readers in no doubt as to what went on and why The answer to the big why of course is the pursuit of profit The pursuit of profit explains pretty much everything But what Rediker manages to tease out in his account are the nuances the subtle tensions the balancing act that capitalists have always had to perform in order to extract labour from the exploited Anyone who has worked in a factory will recognize or at least understand the wheedling coercion and incentivization of behaviour deployed by ships captains to get the most from their crew and human commodities even if the cat o nine tails is no longer the instrument of choiceThe journey from England to Africa typically saw the modification of the ship by skilled labourers carpenters and smiths for instance who turned it in to a floating prison a Guineaman as the slave ships were universally referred to before its arrival on the shores of such places as Benin Congo and Angola In particular this part of the journey saw the construction of the barricado a barricade a high strong wooden barrier that stretched across the entire main deck of the ship and behind which the crew could retreat in the case of insurrection by the slaves the barricado contained holes and a raised platform for the crew to fire their guns and cannon at the slaves as well as a door that allowed only one person at a time to pass through The barricado also turned the main deck into a kind of prison courtyard so that when the slaves were allowed up onto the main deck for dancing the crew could keep an eye on them and fire down on them if necessary Dancing was by and large a euphemism for exercise The slave merchant had no use for damaged goods so it was important in terms of maximizing his profit that the slaves he sold in the Americas be fit for work This necessitated some sort of humane treatment so slaves were fed and watered but at the same time the captain had to ensure that fit strong slaves were never in a position to revolt Dancing thus took place in manacles and leg irons with slaves supervised and motivated by crew members under instruction to keep the slaves both healthy and acuiescent This was a tall order as you might imagine Slaves understood the meaning of captivity even if the technology was new to them and would do everything in their power to escape or deprive the slaver of their labour Suicide was common either by hunger strike or leaping to the sharks that followed the Guineamen knowing there would be food The ships were thus also euipped with netting around the sides of the decks to prevent such attempts because the slaves believed that when they died their souls would return home many drowned not just defiantly but happily and with the speculum oris an instrument used to force open the jaws of those recalcitrant slaves refusing to eat The slave merchants knew there would be deaths on board their ships cramming as many bodies as they could onto their ships was a recipe for epidemics but death was always factored into the euation when gauging likely profits Merchants had a good idea how many deaths to expect providing mass suicides could be prevented hence the expectation that the captain would nip any form of resistance passive or otherwise in the bud pour encourager les autresClass tensions asserted themselves too in the relationship between captain and crew Few sailors appear to have wanted to sign up on Guineamen The mortality rate was exceedingly high for crewmembers the captains were notoriously barbaric and the morality of slavery was naturally an issue Many sailors signed up either to get out of prison or to avoid prison Captains would scour the taverns of port cities with a couple of reliable mates often family in search of likely crew who they d attempt to get drunk and with the connivance of a tavern owner in on the scam draw into debts of such magnitude that they found themselves the next day with the options of either signing up or going to jail This was no way for a captain to generate loyalty and devotion among his crew but then he only reuired their obedience not their love and he relied upon the perception of a shared interest in survival once the slaves were on board to solicit the crewmembers allegiance Rediker describes how captains personalities and attitudes slowly changed during the journey Sweetness and light to the crew on the way to Africa he would turn into a brute to slaves and crew alike once loaded and bound for the Americas Crews did mutiny but rarely in unison with slaves and with a view to selling the slaves themselves on occasion By and large though the captains and mates formed a cohesive group dedicated to realizing the profits at any cost and so to the extent that they depended upon the crew to do this the captains would do anything in their power to elicit compliance A ratio of 8 or 10 slaves to every one crewmember was considered sufficient to meet all needs including repression However once the ship had deposited its cargo in the Americas many crew became surplus to reuirements and would be travelling back to England with nothing to contribute to the bottom line on the contrary they constituted a cost insofar as their wages would be paid on arrival Conseuently toward the end of the second stage of the voyage just as the slaves were receiving improved treatment to ready them for market the captains would try to alienate those crewmembers who would not be needed for the journey home so that they d jump ship in the Caribbean rather than face the final leg under the captain s command This persecution of the crew was deliberate and at the behest of the merchants who sometimes gave explicit instructions to the captain that they dispose of superfluous crew even though such a practice was illegal Rediker tells us that the slave ports were crammed with these pitiful wretches former crewmembers crippled by disease or unable for one reason or another to get passage homeRediker demonstrates how the trade played a part in shaping not just the economic relations between Britain Africa and America but also the social relations and the perceptions of race and class of those involved Captains often tried to purchase slaves who would struggle in mutual comprehension If they spoke many and different languages it followed that they would less likely form a cohesive unit find common ground and revolt A lack of common language made insurrection less likely Nonetheless the common experience of captivity transformed slaves for both themselves and the crew from being members of discrete sometimes even antagonistic African tribes into Negroes pure and simple and crewmembers into White Men regardless of the colour of their skin Race relations were simplified in effect because of the universal experience of slavery Slaves became brothers and sisters regardless of origin by virtue of their shared experience New bonds were formed in the face of necessity Hardship produced co operation Slaves may well have found themselves in their predicament as a result of capture by other Africans but on board ship every African became a brother or a sister And for the plantation owners who received them the slaves origins were of little conseuence they were a source of labour power and nothing elseThe book closes with accounts of the insurrection by sailors in Liverpool in 1775 in which a thousand sailors wearing red ribbons and armed with muskets blunderbusses and cannons attempted to destroy the Mercantile Exchange and of the role of the slave ship in mobilizing forces to ultimately abolish the trade in Britain It isn t part of Rediker s remit to explore the social and economic factors that contributed to the demise of the slave trade in Britain only to explain how the slave ship itself played a part in shaping the struggles of those who took part He does so convincingly engagingly and perceptively This is a book in the tradition of history from below and I couldn t help but compare it to Silvia Federici s Caliban and the Witch for the way it demystifies social relations and explains the interplay between class race gender and empire It isn t really the kind of book you re likely to buy as a gift but it s a compelling read and you ll be doing a really big favour for anyone you buy it for even if it s just yourself

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Free download The Slave Ship A Human History í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Read & Download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ü Marcus Rediker Marcus Rediker Ü 6 Free download Vessels and the human drama acted out on their rolling decks He reconstructs in chilling detail the lives deaths and terrors of captains sailors and the enslaved aboard a “floating dungeon” trailed by sharksFrom the young African kidnapped from his village and sold into slavery by a neighboring tribe to the would be priest who takes a job as a sailor on a slave ship only to be horrified at the evil he sees to the captain who relishes h. This was a very painful read While we all know the slave shipmiddle passage was a horror this book really goes into excruciating detail like you couldn t possibly imagine Something that makes it pretty readable is that the author tells stories of particular people people who kept journals so you follow along the experience from all different perspectives the sailors the captains those who were deeply involved in the purchasesale and the slaves themselves There s also some really great historical analysis Something that stands out in my mind is how all those involved in the slave trade through their diaries and opinion pieces they wrote they all felt they had some christianmoral justification for it or at least told themselves that It s common knowledge that high ranking tribal members in West Africa profited from slaving and sold their own people and those involved in the slave trade used this as justification for what they were doing ie we re saving them from themselves I was really impressed with the level of detail this author went into in analyzing whyhow that happened from the other side understanding the tribal relationships it s not uite as simple as these heartless savage people sold their ownUltimately this book demonstrates that racial identityboundaries in the US Carribean was essentially invented during the middle passage and this book describes in detail the complex storm of socialeconomicjust plain horrific factors that established race It was a really amazing but difficult read


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  • Hardcover
  • 434
  • The Slave Ship A Human History
  • Marcus Rediker
  • English
  • 23 September 2020
  • 9780670018239