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The final victims : foreign slave trade to North America, 1783-1810 /
James A. McMillin.
Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c2004.
207 p. ; 24 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
1570035466 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c2004.
1570035466 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Demand and supply -- The volume of the foreign slave trade to North America, 1783-1810 -- Foreign slave origins -- North American slave merchants -- The nature of the North American slave trade between 1787 and 1808.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
James A. McMillin is associate director of Bridwell Library and an associate professor of American religious history at Southern Methodist University.
Flap Copy
A reassessment of the post-revolutionary slave trade
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-04-01:
McMillin's refinement of Philip Curtin's figures for the importation of slaves into North America (The Atlantic Slave Trade, CH, Apr'70) is also the first significant examination of that period since Elizabeth Donnan's Documents Illustrative of the History of the Slave Trade to America (1930-35). Through census figures, port and commercial records, and newspaper reports, McMillin (Southern Methodist Univ.) reaches three conclusions: for the period 1783-1810, Curtin's imports should be doubled to 200,000 slaves; the American Revolution did nothing to slow importation of slaves; and the physical condition of slaves deteriorated. Separate chapters on the historiography of the numbers debate and the critical development of a southern merchant class related to the slave trade are particularly valuable. While the author's analysis of slave numbers is convoluted, the other chapters are clearer. A bonus included with the book is a CD-ROM containing the database for the author's research. Information includes data on slave ships, slave arrivals, and slave sales, all easily recoverable and indexed by ship name, place mentioned, or person identified in the records. With this, readers can create their own research projects in conjunction with other such readily available databases. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. T. Brown formerly, Westfield State College
Review Quotes
"This important book established the large volume of the Atlantic slave trade after the American Revolution and the major role of Southern merchants. Based upon a variety of American sources, it substantially revises conclusions from studies focused mainly on European slave trade voyage documents."--Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, author of Africans in Colonial Louisiana: The Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth Century
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Many Americans like to think that their part in the slave trade went into rapid decline following the explusion of the British & the setting up of the United States. McMillin has uncovered evidence that the trade merely shifted from New England to the Southern States & that slave voyages went largely unchecked.
Main Description
With this detailed study of the importation of slaves to North America in the decades following the American Revolution, James A. McMillin uncovers data that challenges entrenched beliefs about the slave trade and, as a result, has far-reaching implications for our understanding of American life in the early republic.
Short Annotation
With this detailed study of the importation of slaves to North America in the decades following the American Revolution, James A. McMillin tests long-standing assumptions about an enterprise thought to have waned in the wake of the United States successful revolution against Great Britain. The book includes a searchable CD-ROM of the author's data.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Demand and Supplyp. 4
The Volume of the Foreign Slave Trade to North America, 1783-1810p. 18
Foreign Slave Originsp. 49
North American Slave Merchantsp. 72
The Nature of the North American Slave Trade between 1787 and 1808p. 97
Conclusionp. 116
Slave Merchants and Companies of Savannah, New Orleans, Charleston, and the Florida Territoryp. 121
North American Foreign Slave Arrivals, Slave Voyages, and Foreign Slave Sales, 1783-1810 (on compact disk)p. 133
Notesp. 153
Bibliographyp. 183
Index of Narrativep. 195
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