For more than three centuries, slave ships carried millions of people from the coasts of Africa to the New World. Here, award-winning historian Rediker creates a detailed history of these vessels and the human drama acted out on their decks.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-415) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction -- Life, death, and terror in the slave trade -- The evolution of the slave ship -- African paths to the middle passage -- Olaudah Equiano : astonishment and terror -- James Field Stanfield and the floating dungeon -- John Newton and the peaceful kingdom -- The captain's own hell -- The sailor's vast machine -- From captives to shipmates -- The long voyage of the slave ship Brooks -- Epilogue: endless passage.