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Sowande' M. Mustakeem

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040559

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040559.001.0001

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The Anatomy of Suffering

The Anatomy of Suffering

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Slavery at Sea

Sowande' M. Mustakeem

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the cumulative effects of slavery at sea on bondpeople's overall well-being, making them even more vulnerable to the specter of disease and mortality. Taking into account the importance of psyche, violence, and the physical body, it considers the bodily pain and physical decline endured by some captives within the context of the socio-medical history of slaving voyages. It also discusses the monitoring and management of seaborne diseases, ranging from fevers to respiratory and reproductive illnesses, that afflicted bondpeople during the height of the slave trade. It shows that the restorative care extended to bondpeople was often limited due to constrained resources and unfamiliarity with treating African bodies.

Keywords:   maritime slavery, bondpeople, mortality, psyche, violence, physical body, seaborne diseases, slave trade, restorative care, bodily pain

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