304 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 11 halftones, 3 maps, 12 tables, appends., notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2768-7
Published: May 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2769-4
Published: February 2016
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In this immersive exploration, Kelley connects the story of enslaved people in the United States to their origins in Africa as never before. Told uniquely from the perspective of one particular voyage, this book brings a slave ship’s journey to life, giving us one of the clearest views of the eighteenth-century slave trade.
About the Author
Sean M. Kelley is senior lecturer in history at the University of Essex.
For more information about Sean M. Kelley, visit the Author Page.
“Offers readers a devastating picture of the practices that ravaged West African societies while forming the foundation of colonial America’s economy.”--Publishers Weekly
"An important book that not only shows how the slave trade operated, but also provides a clearer picture of the victims' origins, language, and methods of survival."--Kirkus Reviews
“Kelley’s extensive research and use of deductive reasoning has crafted a remarkably detailed narrative of the voyage from beginning to end. . . . Very strongly recommended.”--Civil War News
“A well-researched account of a slave ship that highlights the larger experience of those involved in the transatlantic slave trade. Recommended.”--CHOICE
“Performs a feat of historical forensics. . . . Tells the story of [the enslaved peoples'] voyage on the Hare and recovers their identities as people, not just slaves.”--Zócalo Public Square
“Possibly the best book on a single slave voyage. . . . Paints on a human scale the larger picture of forced Atlantic passages. . . . Provides rich details about how the slave sale took place and who the purchasers were.”--William and Mary Quarterly