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The empire of necessity : the untold history of a slave rebellion in the age of liberty

By: Grandin, Greg

1780746458 / 9781780746456
Paperback
306.36209164809034
07/05/2015
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England
20 cm xiv, 360 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and whi
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Reprint. Originally published: 2014.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2014WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZE 2015One morning in 1805, off a remote island in the South Pacific, seal hunter and abolitionist Captain Amasa Delano climbed aboard the Tryal, a distressed Spanish slaver.

He spent all day on the ship, sharing food and water, yet failed to see that the slaves, having slaughtered most of the crew, were now their own masters.

Later, when Delano realized the deception, he chased the ship down, responding with barbaric violence.

Greg Grandin follows this group of courageous slaves and their persecutor from the horrors of the Middle Passage to their explosive confrontation. A page-turning and profoundly moving account of obsessive mania, imperial exploitation, and lost ideals, The Empire of Necessity captures the epic clash of peoples, economies, and faiths that was shaping the so-called New World and the Age of Revolution.

BIC:

1QSPS South Pacific, 3JH c 1800 to c 1900, HBJM Australasian & Pacific history, HBLL Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, HBTM Maritime history, HBTS Slavery & abolition of slavery

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