Inhuman Traffick: The International Struggle against the Transatlantic Slave Trade: A Graphic…

Paperback | September 15, 2014

byRafe Blaufarb

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Inhuman Traffick tells for the first time a story of enslavement and freedom that spans the entire Atlantic world. Beginning in 1829 off the west coast of Africa with the recapture of the slave ship Neirsee - previously seized by the British Navy in its efforts to suppress the "inhumantraffick" - and ending with the liberation of the African passengers who had been sold into slavery in the French Caribbean, Rafe Blaufarb puts a human face on the history of the transatlantic slave trade and the efforts to suppress it. He addresses a neglected aspect of this tragic history in thewide geographical and thematic contexts in which it took place -Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Atlantic Ocean - and situates the story in familial, social, economic, diplomatic, and military spheres. Inhuman Traffick shows how history is done by explaining how the documents on which it isbased moved through time and space from the ships, African outposts, colonial buildings, and ministerial offices to the archives of present-day Britain and France.Blaufarb follows the ship, its crew, and its captives from the slave port of Old Calabar to the Caribbean and into the courts of Britain and France, where the history of the illegal slave trade, slavery in the Caribbean, and diplomatic history all come into focus. Students will be taken in by thevivid drawings and the rich narrative, but in Blaufarb's skilled hands, they will also find themselves immersed in a unique learning experience. Blaufarb not only presents the history of the ship and its captives, he takes the reader inside the project itself. He explains how he came upon the story,how he and his editor envisioned the project, and how he worked with illustrator Liz Clarke to craft more than 300 "cells" that comprise Part II of the book. He and Clarke even take the reader inside archives in France and Britain.This powerful combination of historical essay, graphics, primary-source documents, and discussion questions gives students insight into the Atlantic World plantation complex, the transatlantic slave trade, and the process of historical storytelling itself.

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Inhuman Traffick tells for the first time a story of enslavement and freedom that spans the entire Atlantic world. Beginning in 1829 off the west coast of Africa with the recapture of the slave ship Neirsee - previously seized by the British Navy in its efforts to suppress the "inhumantraffick" - and ending with the liberation of the A...

Rafe Blaufarb is Professor of History and the Ben Weider Eminent Scholar at Florida State University. Liz Clarke is a professional illustrator based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199334072

ISBN - 13:9780199334070

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Maps and FiguresPreface: The Making of Inhuman TraffickAbout the Author and IllustratorPart 1: Historical ContextThe Atlantic EnvironmentThe Slave Trades of AfricaWho Were the Captives?Temporalities of the TradeThe Middle PassageIn AmericaThe Origins of AbolitionismAbolition in 1807Internationalizing AbolitionismThe West African SquadronEffects of InterdictionBeyond the 1817 TreatiesResults of British AbolitionismHow the End of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Effected African SocietyEmancipation in America and AfricaThe Neirsee Incident in Atlantic ContextCast of CharactersPart 2: The Graphic History1. International Efforts Against the Transatlantic Slave Trade2. The Neirsee Incident3. Sold into Slavery4. An International Incident5. From Happening to HistoryPart 3: The Primary SourcesDocuments 1-4: West Africa: Seizure of the NeirseeDocuments 5-10: Caribbean: Enslaved on GuadeloupeDocuments 11-20: Caribbean: Colonial Authorities in ActionDocuments 21-37: Europe: A Diplomatic IncidentPart 4: The QuestionsTime, space, and technologyIdentitiesAgencySlave Trade DatabasePrimary Source DocumentsMaking of the Graphic HistoryValuesGaps and SilencesTimeline of the Atlantic-Slave TradeBibliographyGlossary