The Slave Ship: A Human History

Paperback | September 30, 2008

byMarcus Rediker

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“Masterly.”—Adam Hochschild, The New York Times Book Review


In this widely praised history of an infamous institution, award-winning scholar Marcus Rediker shines a light into the darkest corners of the British and American slave ships of the eighteenth century. Drawing on thirty years of research in maritime archives, court records, diaries, and firsthand accounts, The Slave Ship is riveting and sobering in its revelations, reconstructing in chilling detail a world nearly lost to history: the "floating dungeons" at the forefront of the birth of African American culture.

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“Masterly.”—Adam Hochschild, The New York Times Book ReviewIn this widely praised history of an infamous institution, award-winning scholar Marcus Rediker shines a light into the darkest corners of the British and American slave ships of the eighteenth century. Drawing on thirty years of research in maritime archives, court records, di...

Marcus Rediker, the chair of the history department at the University of Pittsburgh, has won several book prizes and lectures around the world. He is the author of four other books, including (with Peter Linebaugh) The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.45 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:September 30, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143114255

ISBN - 13:9780143114253

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“Masterly.”—Adam Hochschild, The New York Times Book Review“Searingly brilliant.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review “ I was hardly prepared for the profound emotional impact of The Slave Ship: A Human History. Reading it established a transformative and never to be severed bond with my African ancestors who were cargo in slave ships over a period of four centuries.”—Alice Walker “ The Slave Ship is the best of histories, deeply researched, brilliantly formulated, and morally informed.”—Ira Berlin, author of Many Thousands Gone