Book ID: CBB080378131

Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage (2016)


Mustakeem, Sowande M. (Author)

University of Illinois Press

Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 296 pp.
Language: English

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 widely, the book centers on how the oceanic transport of human cargoes--known as the infamous 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. As she does so, she offers provocative new insights into how gender, health, age, illness, and medical treatment intersected with trauma and violence transformed human beings into the most commercially sought commodity for over four centuries.

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Authors & Contributors
Denis, Adrián López
Muneal, Marc
Ticktin, Miriam
Long, Margaret Geneva
Lockley, Tim
Pimenta, Tânia Salgado
Social History of Medicine
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Science in Context
Nineteenth-Century Contexts
Gender and History
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
University of North Carolina Press
Boydell & Brewer
University of Pennsylvania Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Yale University
University of Illinois Press
Slavery and slaves
Medicine and race
Hospitals and clinics
Kingsley, Charles
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
21st century
17th century
20th century, late
15th century
United States
Great Britain
Southern states (U.S.)
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Great Britain. Royal Navy

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