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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 Frankenstein of Slavery: A Meditation on Memory

(p.183) Epilogue
Slavery at Sea

Sowande' M. Mustakeem

University of Illinois Press

This book has examined the visible and invisible sufferings within the human manufacturing process and, more directly, the Middle Passage. By expanding the intellectual landscapes of slavery, it has demonstrated the interconnectedness of power, the diversity of enslaved resistance, and the socio-medical history of illness and death, diet, toxicity, and medical treatment. It has also explored the treatment of the dead as well as the painful and enduring legacies of terror associated with slavery at sea. Furthermore, it has highlighted the dualities of slavery at sea: the dead and the living, and, most of all, silences and memory that have spawned generational legacies that persist until today. The book's goal is to reclaim the history from literary imagining that has blurred the memories of what really transpired on slave ships. This epilogue compares the slave ship experience to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and describes the Middle Passage as the archetypal “Frankenstein of slavery.”

Keywords:   suffering, enslaved resistance, Middle Passage, power, death, medical treatment, terror, slavery at sea, memory, slavery

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