A pile of lime-encrusted shackles discovered on the seafloor in the remains of a ship called the Henrietta Marie, lands Michael Cottman, a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and avid scuba diver, in the middle of an amazing journey that stretches across three continents, from foundries and tombs in England, to slave ports on the shores of West Africa, to present-day Caribbean plantations. This is more than just the story of one ship – it's the untold story of millions of people taken as captives to the New World. Told from the author's perspective, this book introduces young readers to the wonders of diving, detective work, and discovery, while shedding light on the history of slavery.
About the Author
MICHAEL H. COTTMAN, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author, is a former political reporter for the WashingtonPost. Cottman has appeared on National Public Radio's (NPR) "Tell Me More" with Michel Martin and also the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2000 to discuss his (adult) book The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie. Cottman also serves as a special consultant to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a national, multimedia project, "Voyage to Discovery," an education initiative that focuses on the African-American contribution to the maritime industry spanning 300 years and efforts to teach students of color about careers in marine biology and oceanography.
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Shackles From the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Growing up during pre-integration period of American history, I knew some but not a lot about our past history as it relates to the treatment of slaves and how they came to be here in America or in other areas of the world. I have since learned more about this dark period in mankind's history. But this is not the only people to have been enslaved throughout history. Enslavement has been rife throughout history. It is a rich heritage, indeed, that the abolition of slavery was sought and fought for. In Shackles from the Deep the transport of an enslaved people - those of African nationality, is shown for it's brutal reality. As the author, a black man who loves deep sea diving, unites his love of diving, his love of history, and his own unique history to research and bring forth this story evidential layers of brutality come to the forefront. Originally written for an older audience and in more detail, "Shackles" is shorter and directed to the age 10 to 16 audience. The story is still intack with the author's realization that his own forebearers might have been wearing shackles just such as those found at the bottom of the sea, encased in rust, and within the bowles of the Henritta Marie. The photographs and illustrations bring the reality of the ship's history and that of the human cargo it contained. This book would be a superb addition to libraries. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. I was not compensated.Opinions are my own, alone.
“Not all treasure is about glitter,” but about connection, heritage and legacy. A pile of shackles found on the bottom of the ocean led divers to find the Henrietta Marie, a sunken slave vessel from 300 years earlier. The pile of shackles found on the bottom of the ocean spoke of oppression, cruelty, and history. This history drove Michael H. Cottman, an experienced diver and Pulitzer Prize winning African American author, to immerse himself in the legacy of a shipwrecked ship. Spanning three continents, Cottman traced the route of the Henrietta Marie to its final resting place in the Gulf of Mexico, weaving in his own history with emotional stories of the slave trade. Along with archaeologist David Moore, Cottman visited England delving into the business side of the slave trade following the path of the iron shackles. In Jamaica, Cottman came to realize that it didn’t matter whether he was related to anyone on the Henrietta Marie or not because “they were my family.” In Senegal, Cottman visited Goree Island reflecting on the “collective survival of African people” despite the “centuries of European plundering, kidnapping, and ransacking of villages.” A deeply embedded sense of anger ran throughout the emotional narrative; anger for the slaves taken to a “terrifying new world where they were treated with cruelty and hatred” and anger for the racial injustice that allowed African people to be seen as less than human and thus enslaved. The engaging narrative is more than just a memoir; it is a look at the resiliency of people, an understanding of “our collective history”. Note: I received a copy of the book from Media Masters Publicity in exchange for an honest review