Social Death and Social Life in Recaptive African Forced Migrations

Lecture Description

This talk explores evidence of how recaptive African shipmates struggled with the aftermath of slave ship incarceration and middle passage trauma during the era of U.S. slave trade suppression. During the mid-19th centuries on journeys from southern US ports to Liberia, recaptives from West and West Central Africa relied upon each other to survive their ordeal and recreate a social life in the face of overwhelming death and dislocation. The lecture explores the prominence of African children and youth in the nineteenth-century contraband slave trade and the significance of age on survival strategies.


Migration/Migrant Slavery

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