Transatlantic Slavery

An Introduction

David Fleming and Richard Benjamin

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ISBN: 9781846316395

Publication: September 14, 2010

Series: National Museums Liverpool

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Over a four-hundred-year period at least twelve million Africans were taken into slavery in the largest forced migration in human history. This introductory book, which draws upon a wealth of material held by the International Slavery Museum, tells their story and examines the legacy of this bloody trade. Richly illustrated and with a foreword by Reverend Jesse Jackson, Transatlantic Slavery: An Introduction will be required reading for all those approaching the subject for the first time. ‘The enslavement of Africans fuelled the economic development of the US and the world – so in that sense, African people, whether in the US or Britain, are creditors, not debtors. From finance to cotton, shipping and trade, no economic development in the world could have evolved without the contributions – as enslaved people – of African people.’ - From the foreword by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

David Fleming is Director of National Museums Liverpool.

Dr Richard Benjamin is Head of the International Slavery Museum, part of the National Museums Liverpool.

Contents Foreword – Reverend Jesse Jackson What is slavery? A history of transatlantic slavery African pasts Why Africans? Why slavery? Operation of the slave trade Liverpool: Capital of the transatlantic slave trade Reasons for Liverpool’s success Economic benefits of slavery Tropical goods and the rise of the consumer society Enslavement and the Middle Passage The Middle Passage: voyage through death Impact on Africa Life and death in the Americas Sale and ‘seasoning’ Chattel slavery Plantation life Pioneers of the Americas Resistance Maroons Pro-slavery arguments The end of slavery Abolition of the British slave trade Freedom in the Americas The legacy of slavery Racism The fight for civil rights Global inequalities Since colonisation Reparations Cultural transformations ‘The sun never sets on the children of Africa’ An unquenchable spirit The International Slavery Musuem Further Reading Museums and websites to visit Acknowledgements

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 x 210 mm

96 Pages

ISBN: 9781846316395

Publication: September 14, 2010

Series: National Museums Liverpool

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