An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling
376 Pages, 6.12 x 9.25 x 0.87 in, 44 b-w illus.
- Published: Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015
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“In the recent commemorations of the bicentennial of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, two facts were frequently lost: first, that the trade did not actually end, but continued for more than a half a century; and second, that a growing proportion of those trafficked were children. In this searching, searing book, Lawrance explores these twin facts through a close examination of the lives of six children rescued from the Amistad. In the process, he challenges us to think anew not only about slavery and abolition but also about the meaning of childhood, family, and freedom.”—James T. Campbell, Stanford University
~James T. Campbell
“Lawrance brilliantly analyzes the extensive documentation left by the surviving 'orphans' of the Amistad who were returned to Sierra Leone to expose the tragic alienation that slavery thrust on the victims of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.”—Paul E. Lovejoy, York University, Toronto~Paul E. Lovejoy
“This important book is mandatory reading for all scholars interested in the history of childhood, the Amistad, and the Atlantic slave trade . . . Essential.”?Choice~Choice