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Sacred Hunger
by Barry Unsworth
Highly Recommended
(Paperback - November 1993)

The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade
by Robert W. Harms
From the 16th to the 19th century, more than 40,000 slave ships plied the waters of the Atlantic, bringing human cargo to the Americas. Drawing on a memoir by a lieutenant, historian Robert Harms tells the story of one such ship, a story that, although shocking to modern readers, "was distressingly ordinary in its own time and place." Designed to transport grain over short distances, the Diligent was perhaps not the most seaworthy of vessels. Still, by ship's officer Robert Durand's account, it transported nearly 300 victims at a time from the African coast to the French colony of Martinique, often at a terrible cost in life because of disease, malnutrition, and harsh shipboard discipline. Harms carefully reconstructs episodes in the ship's life, including the curious trial that ended its 1731 ocean crossing. More than that, he untangles the complex business of the slave trade, which was far from monolithic, depending instead on ever-shifting alliances and private agendas in the race for profit. As Harms notes, though more than 17,000 ships' logs from the slaving voyages of the 18th century have been recovered, only a few shed light on daily life aboard those vessels. His troubling narrative does just that, and it gives new evidence of the ordinariness of evil. --Gregory McNamee -
Hardcover - 448 pages 1 Ed edition (December 18, )
Basic Books; ISBN: 0465028713
Oroonoko, the Rover and Other Works (Penguin Classics)
by Aphra Behn, Janet Todd (Editor)

Slave Trade - Other Works

Adventures of an African Slaver: An Account of the Life of Captain Theodore Canot, Trader in Gold, Ivory, and Slaves on the Coast of Guinea...
by Theodore Canot, et al
Listed under Guinea

Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade
by Manu Herbstein

The Atlantic Slave Trade (New Approaches to the Americas)
by Herbert S. Klein

Africa Remembered : Narratives by West Africans from the Era of the Slave Trade
by Philip D. Curtin (Editor)

Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England
by J. E. Inikori

The Birth of Black America : The Age of Discovery and the Slave Trade (Milestones in Black American History)
Andrew Frank, et al

Bound for America : The Forced Migration of Africans to the New World
by James Haskins, et al

Capitalism & Slavery
by Eric Eustace Williams, Colin A. Palmer (Introduction)

Caribbean Slave Society and Economy : A Student Reader
by Verene Shepherd (Editor), Hilary McDonald Beckles (Editor)

Chosen People from the Caucasus : Jewish Origins, Delusions, Deceptions and Historical Role in the Slave Trade, Genocide and Cultural Colonization
by Michael Bradley
(Hardcover - November 1992)

Frederick Douglass : Freedom's Voice, 1818-1845
Gregory P. Lampe
Listed under Frederick Douglass

George Washington and Slavery : A Documentary Portrayal
by Fritz Hirschfeld
Listed under George Washington

Escape from the Slave Traders (Trailblazers Books)
by Dave Jackson, et al
Reading level: Ages 9-12
(Paperback - August 1992)

Jews and the American Slave Trade
by Saul S. Friedman

Oroonoko : Or, the Royal Slave
by Aphra Behn, et al

Goree Island : Island of No Return
by Richard Harrison Goree
Listed under Senegal

King Guezo of Dahomey 1850-52: The Abolition of the Slave Trade on the West Coast of Africa
by Tim Coates
Listed under Benin

The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717
by Alan Gallay
Book Description This absorbing book is the first ever to focus on the traffic in Indian slaves during the early years of the American South. The Indian slave trade was of central importance from the Carolina coast to the Mississippi Valley for nearly fifty years, linking southern lives and creating a whirlwind of violence and profit-making, argues Alan Gallay. He documents in vivid detail how the trade operated, the processes by which Europeans and Native Americans became participants, and the profound consequences for the South and its peoples. The author places Native Americans at the center of the story of European colonization and the evolution of plantation slavery in America. He explores the impact of such contemporary forces as the African slave trade, the unification of England and Scotland, and the competition among European empires as well as political and religious divisions in England and in South Carolina. Gallay also analyzes how Native American societies approached warfare, diplomacy, and decisions about allying and trading with Europeans. His wide-ranging research not only illuminates a crucial crossroad of European and Native American history but also establishes a new context for understanding racism, colonialism, and the meaning of ethnicity in early America.
Hardcover: 464 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.34 x 9.47 x 6.38
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr; ; (March 1, )
ISBN: 0300087543

The Making of a Rebel: Captain Donald Macleod of the New Hebrides
by Katherine Stirling Kerr Cawsey
Tarred as a blackbirder, Donald Macleod participated in settlement and trading in the Pacific Islands from 1868 until his death in 1894. Although he did participate in the labour trade, he has been unfairly maligned in history books. British and French colonialists, anxious to achieve political ends, used Macleod as a whipping boy, as did the New Hebrides Mission. After extensive research, his great niece, Katherine Stirling Kerr Cawsey, found that Macleod enjoyed a good reputation among Islanders, settlers, traders and some colonial officials and missionaries; he was not the villain that many others had painted him. This book offers hitherto unknown data about trading conditions and Islander participation and revelatory discussion of the politics of the day, as well as an intimate portrait of a survivor in a rough and controversial era. The Publisher.

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano : Written by Himself (Bedford Series in History and Culture)
Olaudah Equiano, Robert J. Allison (Editor)
Olaudiah Equiano's 1789 narrative tells the remarkable story of his childhood in Africa, his kidnapping and subsequent years as a slave and seaman, and his eventual road to freedom in the Caribbean and in England. 
Paperback (April )
Bedford/St. Martin's; ISBN: 0312111274

Maroon Societies : Rebel Slave Communities in the Americas
by Richard Price (Editor)
Paperback 3rd edition
Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; ISBN: 0801854962

My Bondage and My Freedom
by Frederick Douglass
Listed under Frederick Douglass

Pioneers of the Black Atlantic : Five Slave Narratives from the Enlightenment, 1772-1815
by Henry Louis Gates (Editor), William L. Andrews (Editor)
Listed under Slave Narratives

The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas
by David Eltis

Senegambia and the Atlantic Slave Trade (African Studies Series, 91)
by Boubacar Barry

The Shell Money of the Slave Trade
by Jan Hogendorn et al.
Listed under Numismatism

Speculators and Slaves : Masters, Traders, and Slaves in the Old South
by Michael Tadman
Paperback: 336 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.95 x 9.07 x 6.12
Univ of Wisconsin Pr; ISBN: 0299118541; Reprint edition (December 1, 1989)

The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America,1638-1870
by W. E. B. Du Bois

To Be a Slave in Brazil, 1550-1888
by Katia M. De Queiros Mattoso, et al
(Paperback - September 1987)

Slave Narratives (Library of America.)
by William L. Andrews (Editor), Henry Louis, Jr. Gates (Editor)
Listed under Slave Narratives

Slavery and the Founders : Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson
by Paul Finkelman
Listed under Thomas Jefferson

Soul by Soul : Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market
by Walter Johnson
This award-winning volume takes readers inside the New Orleans slave market, the largest in the nation, where 100,000 men, women, and children were packaged, priced and sold. Johnson transforms the statistics of this chilling practice into the human drama of traders, buyers, and slaves, negotiating sales that would alter the life of each. Powell's.
Hardcover - 320 pages
Harvard Univ Pr; ISBN: 0674821483
The Atlantic Sound
by Caryl Phillips
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The Slave Trade : The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1440-1870
by Hugh Thomas
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