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The Slave Ship

A Human History

Marcus Rediker


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (10/14/2007)
Compact Disc (10/15/2007)
MP3 CD (10/15/2007)
Hardcover (10/4/2007)
MP3 CD (10/15/2007)
Compact Disc (10/15/2007)
Compact Disc (10/15/2007)


“Masterly.”—Adam Hochschild, The New York Times Book Review

In this widely praised history of an infamous institution, award-winning scholar Marcus Rediker shines a light into the darkest corners of the British and American slave ships of the eighteenth century. Drawing on thirty years of research in maritime archives, court records, diaries, and firsthand accounts, The Slave Ship is riveting and sobering in its revelations, reconstructing in chilling detail a world nearly lost to history: the "floating dungeons" at the forefront of the birth of African American culture.

Praise For The Slave Ship: A Human History

“Masterly.”—Adam Hochschild, The New York Times Book Review

“Searingly brilliant.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

“ I was hardly prepared for the profound emotional impact of The Slave Ship: A Human History. Reading it established a transformative and never to be severed bond with my African ancestors who were cargo in slave ships over a period of four centuries.”—Alice Walker

The Slave Ship is the best of histories, deeply researched, brilliantly formulated, and morally informed.”—Ira Berlin, author of Many Thousands Gone

Penguin Books, 9780143114253, 448pp.

Publication Date: September 30, 2008

About the Author

Marcus Rediker is the Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh and the award-winning author of The Slave Ship. He lives in Pittsburgh.