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Slavery at sea : terror, sex, and sickness in the middle passage / Sowande' M. Mustakeem.

By: Mustakeem, Sowande' M, 1978- [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: New Black studies series: Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2016Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780252098994; 0252098994.Subject(s): Slave ships -- Atlantic Ocean | Slave trade -- Atlantic Ocean Region | Slaves -- Violence against -- Atlantic Ocean | Slaves -- Health and hygiene -- Atlantic Ocean | Women slaves -- Atlantic Ocean RegionAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Slavery at sea.DDC classification: 306.3620966 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction: Middle passage studies and the birth of slavery at sea -- Waves of calamity -- Imagined bodies -- Healthy desires, toxic realities -- Blood memories -- Battered bodies, enfeebled minds -- The anatomy of suffering -- A tide of bodies -- Epilogue: The "frankenstein" of slavery: a meditation on memory.
Summary: "Most times left solely within the confine of plantation narratives, slavery was far from a land-based phenomenon. This book reveals for the first time how it took critical shape at sea. Expanding the gaze even more deeply, the book centers how the oceanic transport of human cargoes--infamously known as the Middle Passage--comprised a violently regulated process foundational to the institution of bondage. Sowande' Mustakeem's groundbreaking study goes inside the Atlantic slave trade to explore the social conditions and human costs embedded in the world of maritime slavery. Mining ship logs, records and personal documents, Mustakeem teases out the social histories produced between those on traveling ships: slaves, captains, sailors, and surgeons. As she shows, crewmen manufactured captives through enforced dependency, relentless cycles of physical, psychological terror, and pain that led to the making--and unmaking--of enslaved Africans held and transported onboard slave ships. Mustakeem relates how this process, and related power struggles, played out not just for adult men, but also for women, children, teens, infants, nursing mothers, the elderly, diseased, ailing, and dying. Mustakeem offers provocative new insights into how gender, health, age, illness, and medical treatment intersected with trauma and violence transformed human beings into the world's most commercially sought commodity for over four centuries." -- Publisher's description.
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Introduction: Middle passage studies and the birth of slavery at sea -- Waves of calamity -- Imagined bodies -- Healthy desires, toxic realities -- Blood memories -- Battered bodies, enfeebled minds -- The anatomy of suffering -- A tide of bodies -- Epilogue: The "frankenstein" of slavery: a meditation on memory.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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"Most times left solely within the confine of plantation narratives, slavery was far from a land-based phenomenon. This book reveals for the first time how it took critical shape at sea. Expanding the gaze even more deeply, the book centers how the oceanic transport of human cargoes--infamously known as the Middle Passage--comprised a violently regulated process foundational to the institution of bondage. Sowande' Mustakeem's groundbreaking study goes inside the Atlantic slave trade to explore the social conditions and human costs embedded in the world of maritime slavery. Mining ship logs, records and personal documents, Mustakeem teases out the social histories produced between those on traveling ships: slaves, captains, sailors, and surgeons. As she shows, crewmen manufactured captives through enforced dependency, relentless cycles of physical, psychological terror, and pain that led to the making--and unmaking--of enslaved Africans held and transported onboard slave ships. Mustakeem relates how this process, and related power struggles, played out not just for adult men, but also for women, children, teens, infants, nursing mothers, the elderly, diseased, ailing, and dying. Mustakeem offers provocative new insights into how gender, health, age, illness, and medical treatment intersected with trauma and violence transformed human beings into the world's most commercially sought commodity for over four centuries." -- Publisher's description.

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CHOICE Review

Mustakeem (history and African and African American studies, Washington Univ. in St. Louis) has written an exhaustively researched study of the Middle Passage--the leg of the triangular trade from West Africa to the Americas--that is a much-needed addition to African and African American studies, slavery in the Americas studies, and Atlantic World studies, as well as maritime, world, and US history studies more generally. While this is a topic that might at first be regarded as one "everyone knows," Mustakeem rightly asserts that such an assumption is far from true. The topic is brutal, and Mustakeem presents it in that light to drive home the point that much of the effort to break the will of the newly enslaved people, to degrade them and strip them of identity, dignity, and humanity, was carried out aboard the "blackbirders," the slave ships. The book covers living conditions for captives and captors, prevailing attitudes about race and sex, and more, and Mustakeem illustrates that those who carried out the terrible work were damaged in the process as well. This reviewer hopes that Mustakeem will one day rewrite this for a general audience, as this is not a topic that should be confined to academia. Summing Up: Essential. Graduate students/faculty/specialists. --Darlene M. Hall, Lake Erie College

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Sowande' M. Mustakeem is an assistant professor in the Department of History and the African and African American Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis.

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