Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade: Setting the Record Straight by Eli FaberJews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade: Setting the Record Straight by Eli Faber

Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade: Setting the Record Straight

byEli Faber

Paperback | July 1, 2000

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In the wake of the civil rights movement, a great divide has opened up between African American and Jewish communities. What was historically a harmonious and supportive relationship has suffered from a powerful and oft-repeated legend, that Jews controlled and masterminded the slave trade and owned slaves on a large scale, well in excess of their own proportion in the population.

In this groundbreaking book, likely to stand as the definitive word on the subject, Eli Faber cuts through this cloud of mystification to recapture an important chapter in both Jewish and African diasporic history.
Focusing on the British empire, Faber assesses the extent to which Jews participated in the institution of slavery through investment in slave trading companies, ownership of slave ships, commercial activity as merchants who sold slaves upon their arrival from Africa, and direct ownership of slaves. His unprecedented original research utilizing shipping and tax records, stock-transfer ledgers, censuses, slave registers, and synagogue records reveals, once and for all, the minimal nature of Jews' involvement in the subjugation of Africans in the Americas.

A crucial corrective, Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade lays to rest one of the most contested historical controversies of our time.

Title:Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade: Setting the Record StraightFormat:PaperbackDimensions:367 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:July 1, 2000Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814726399

ISBN - 13:9780814726396

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"For anyone in search of ammunition to refute farfetched claims about Jewish culpability for the enslavement of Africans in America, this is the place to look."

-Peter Kolchin,Los Angeles Times