A Short History of Transatlantic Slavery

A Short History of Transatlantic Slavery

by Kenneth Morgan

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From 1501, when the first slaves arrived in Hispaniola, until the nineteenth century, some twelve million people were abducted from west Africa and shipped across thousands of miles of ocean – the infamous Middle Passage – to work in the colonies of the New World. Perhaps two million Africans died at sea. Why was slavery so widely condoned, during most of this period, by leading lawyers, religious leaders, politicians and philosophers? How was it that the educated classes of the western world were prepared for so long to accept and promote an institution that would, at later ages, be condemned as barbaric? Exploring these and other questions – and the slave experience on the sugar, rice, coffee and cotton plantations – Kenneth Morgan discusses the rise of a distinctively Creole culture; slave revolts, including the successful revolution in Haiti (1791-1804); and the rise of abolitionism, when the ideas of Montesquieu, Wilberforce, Quakers and others led to the slave trade's systemic demise. At a time when the menace of human trafficking is of increasing concern worldwide, this timely book reflects on the deeper motivations of slavery as both ideology and merchant institution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780763873
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 07/30/2016
Series: Short Histories
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kenneth Morgan is a professor of history at Brunel University, UK. He is the author of Bristol and the Atlantic Trade in the Eighteenth Century (1993), Slavery, Atlantic Trade and the British Economy, 1660-1800 (2000), Slavery and the British Empire: From Africa to America (2007) and Australia: A Very Short Introduction (2012).

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Condition of Slavery
1.Slavery in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds
2.The Varieties of Slavery
3.The Slave Trade in the Atlantic
4.Plantation Slavery in the Americas
5.Slave Rebellion and Revolt
6.Antislavery and Abolitionism
7.Ending Slavery and the Slave Trade
Conclusion: An Enduring Legacy

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