Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas

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Published in conjunction with a traveling exhibition opening at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, these eight essays and 160 color illustrations examine the complex causes, outcomes, and legacies of the 400-year slave trade. Eleven to thirteen million Africans were forcibly transported across the Atlantic in ships, making this "captive passage" history's greatest maritime tragedy.

This important book considers a number of different aspects of the slave trade: its ...

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Published in conjunction with a traveling exhibition opening at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, these eight essays and 160 color illustrations examine the complex causes, outcomes, and legacies of the 400-year slave trade. Eleven to thirteen million Africans were forcibly transported across the Atlantic in ships, making this "captive passage" history's greatest maritime tragedy.

This important book considers a number of different aspects of the slave trade: its social and economic basis, why many African leaders facilitated the slave trade, and how enslaved African Americans forged their own cultures and forever changed the Americas. The physical, social, and enduring emotional meaning of the Middle Passage is explored, as are the history and legacy of the abolitionist movement and the struggle for racial justice.

The book features a wealth of material from the collections of the Mariners' Museum and artifacts from around the world brought together specifically for this exhibition. Included are rare engravings, published here for the first time, of slave forts along the west coast of Africa; a sailor's sea chest illustrated with slaving motifs; a Colombian postage stamp honoring Jesuit priest Fray Pedro Claver, known as the "apostle of the Negros" for his kindness; and period images of the Amistad rebellion.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781568527109
  • Publisher: Konecky & Konecky LLC.
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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