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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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A Tide of Bodies

A Tide of Bodies

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Slavery at Sea

Sowande' M. Mustakeem

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the import of slaves through the third and final phase of the Atlantic human manufacturing process: product delivery. It first considers the complexities of domestic slave markets to determine how slaves were transported through the Middle Passage, arrived into New World slave societies, and immediately forced into arranged auction sales. It broadens the categorical view of newly arrived Africans beyond the general rubric of prime, young, male, and presumably healthy in order to emphasize the diversity of human commodities made available within the Atlantic slave trade during the eighteenth century. It also explores how factors such as gender, age, trauma, diseases, and disabilities influenced local markets and in some cases prompted planters to forgo filial slave auctions. The chapter highlights the importation of bruised, diseased, scarred, disabled, and, most of all, manufactured black bodies shaped and refined by their seaborne experiences.

Keywords:   slaves, domestic slave markets, product delivery, Middle Passage, slave auctions, slave trade, gender, trauma, diseases, black bodies

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