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Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage

Sowande' M. Mustakeem


Most times left solely within the confine of plantation narratives, slavery was far from a land-based phenomenon. This book reveals for the first time how it took critical shape at sea. Expanding the gaze even more widely, the book centers on how the oceanic transport of human cargoes—known as the infamous Middle Passage—comprised a violently regulated process foundational to the institution of bondage. This book goes inside the Atlantic slave trade to explore the social conditions and human costs embedded in the world of maritime slavery. Mining ship logs, records and personal documents, the ... More

Keywords: maritime slavery, Middle Passage, bondage, slave trade, enslaved Africans, gender, terror, slaves, illness, health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040559
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040559.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sowande' M. Mustakeem, author
Washington University in St. Louis