Marcus rediker is the distinguished professor of atlantic history at the university of pittsburgh and the award-winning author of the slave shiphe lives in pittsburgh. Marcus rediker talked about his book the slave ship: a human history, published by viking in his book he documents the history of the american and british slave ships of the 18th century that. Pittsburgh—marcus rediker, university of pittsburgh distinguished professor of atlantic history, will be featured on american history tv's lectures in history series, airing at 8 pm and midnight dec 18 and 1 pm dec 19 on c-span 3 rediker's lecture on the slave trade and slave ships also will air on c-span radio at 10 pm dec 18. Marcus rediker is one of two historians of the revolutionary atlantic along with peter linebaugh, he co-authored one of the best accounts of emergent capitalism in the countries that surrounded that ocean his latest work, is a study of the slave trade, examined through the historical records. 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 he lives in pittsburgh read more.
The slave ship: a human history of rediker is a heartrending book to read it provides us the significant information of our culture and history moreover, reading it is really a journey to american history involving slavery and african-american culture. And in so observing, rediker has given underwater archaeologists of the slave trade and the slave ship a research agenda it's an agenda with which i happen to agree and that i have discussed in greater detail elsewhere (mcghee 2007. Marcus rediker is distinguished professor of atlantic history at the university of pittsburgh and author of the slave ship: a human history and villains of all nations: atlantic pirates in the golden age.
Marcus rediker subtitles the slave ship as a human history, and that is an accurate description of its focus and method -- and its strengths and most evident weakness. The slave ship itself is the focus of marcus redikers well written and thoughtful book on the british and american slave trade of the 18th century: the ships themselves, the people who owned them, their captains, officers and ordinary sailors aswell as the enslaved africans. For more than three centuries, slave ships carried millions of people from the coasts of africa to the new world in the slave ship, award-winning historian marcus rediker creates an unprecedented history of these vessels and the human drama acted out on their rolling decks. Transcript of the floating dungeon: a history of the slave ship marcus rediker is introduced by tony tibbles, keeper of the merseyside maritime museum tony tibbles: i would like to welcome you to the merseyside maritime museum for this special lecture by professor marcus rediker on the slave ship.
The slave ship: a human history is a series of chilling accounts of captains, workers, and slaves who had to endure time on slaving vessels through the use of haunting tales and gruesome evidence of living conditions, marcus rediker describes the most magnificent drama in the last thousand years (rediker 4. Rediker restores the slave ship to its rightful place alongside the plantation as a formative institution of slavery, as a place where a profound and still haunting history of race, class, and modern capitalism was made. Marcus rediker, the slave ship: a human history, (new york: penguin, 2007) from 1700 to 1807 millions of africans traveled the middle passage to be sold in to slavery marcus rediker offers a new perspective in his novel, the slave ship: a human history. Marcus rediker the slave ship: a human historynew york: viking press, 2007 pp 434 $2795 introduction: the slave ship is the fourth book written by marcus rediker, a prize-winning american historian of the early-modern era and the atlantic world and a distinguished professor of history at the university of pittsburgh.
Historians generally agree that by the end of the cross-atlantic slave-trade, approximately 14,000,000 men, women and children had been abducted, but only 9,000,000 arrived in the caribbean islands, brazil, the united states, or elsewhere to the west. In slave ship, university of pittsburgh history professor rediker employs the slave vessel as the central metaphor in the exploration of the african diaspora, the roots of capitalism, and the creation of race as a scholar of history from below, rediker juxtaposes the horrific machinations of the slave trade with, as the book's subtitle. First, it is important to understand that the abolition of the slave trade, and of slavery itself, was not a gift from on high william wilberforce did not abolish the slave trade, as amazing grace might make it seem, just as a lone abraham lincoln did not free the slaves. The slave ship was the instrument of history's greatest forced migration and a key to the origins and growth of global capitalism, yet much of its history remains unknown marcus rediker uncovers the extraordinary human drama that played out on this world-changing vessel.
The slave ship audiobook, by marcus rediker for more than three centuries, slave ships carried millions of people from the coasts of africa across the atlantic to the new world much is known of the slave trade and the american plantation complex, but little of the ships that made it all possible. The ship sailed beyond the sight of land, to a place where 'there is no moral possibility of desertion, or application for justice' —james stanfield as qtd by rediker to board the slave ship was to abandon hope—unless one hoped for torture, degradation, and the destruction of human life in the name of commerce. The slave ship was a central institution of slave trade and slavery, as well as a place of extreme violence and suffering its ghost still haunts america today through the persistence of racism and inequalities in the following interview, marcus rediker discusses his ethnography of the slave ship. Memo #8 in the slave ship, throughout the chapter entitled the long voyage of the slave ship brooks marcus rediker flawlessly wrote on the effects of the british anti-slavery propaganda that incorporated diagrams of the vessel brooks.
Marcus rediker restores the slave ship to its rightful place alongside the plantation as a formative institution of slavery, a place where a profound and still haunting history of race, class, and modern economy was made. Marcus rediker uses his experience as a maritime historian and his mastery of the contemporary documents to re-create all three legs of the triangle, often in the very words of the participants -- captains, seamen and slaves.
Slave ship: a human history over the past few weeks, i have been reading marcus rediker's the slave ship: a human history in dribs and drabs actually, i have been listening to the unabridged version available through audible , but i say it counts. Adam hochschild's review of the slave ship, by marcus rediker (oct 21), did an admirable job of describing and evaluating this important new addition to the history of the trans-atlantic. Slave-ship sailors like butterworth usually detested the captain's favorites as they were required to be snitches but for the nimble singer and dancer the sailors had the highest esteem she was universally respected by the ship's company. In the slave ship, marcus rediker, a professor of history at the university of pittsburgh, recreates the wooden world inhabited by kidnapped africans, sea captains, and their rough- hewn crews.