Inhuman Traffick: The International Struggle Against the Transatlantic Slave Trade, a Graphic History

ISBN : 9780199334070

Rafe Blaufarb
240 Pages
186 x 254 mm
Pub date
Feb 2015
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The dramatic story of the slave ship Neirsee springs vividly to life in Rafe Blaufarb's graphic mircohistory, Inhuman Traffic. The story, set in the early nineteenth century, moves from the slave port of Old Calabar to the Caribbean and to the courts of Britain and France where the history of the illegal slave trade, slavery in the Caribbean, and diplomatic history all come into focus as Blaufarb follows the ship, its crew, and its captives. Students will be taken in by the vivid drawings and the rich narrative, but they will also find themselves immersed in an unusual learning experience. Blaufarb not only presents the history of the ship and captives, he takes the reader inside the project itself. He explains how he came upon the story, how he and his editor envisioned the project, and how he worked with the illustrator Liz Clarke to craft the 350 "cells" that compose the book. He and Clarke even take the reader inside archives in Britain and France which are themselves illustrated and their histories explained. Like all the best examples of the genre, Inhuman Traffic tells a compelling story through a complex interplay of image and text - it will keep students reading, and learning, to the very end.


Maps and Figures
Preface: The Making of Inhuman Traffick
About the Author and Illustrator
Part 1
Historical Context
The Atlantic Environment
The Slave Trades of Africa
Who Were the Captives?
Temporalities of the Trade
The Middle Passage
In America
The Origins of Abolitionism
Abolition in 1807
Internationalizing Abolitionism
The West African Squadron
Effects of Interdiction
Beyond the 1817 Treaties
Results of British Abolitionism
How the End of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Effected African Society
Emancipation in America and Africa
The Neirsee Incident in Atlantic Context
Cast of Characters
Part 2
The Graphic History
Chapter 1: International Efforts Against the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Chapter 2: The Neirsee Incident
Chapter 3: Sold into Slavery
Chapter 4: An International Incident
Chapter 5: From Happening to History
Part 3
The Primary Sources
Documents 1-4: West Africa: Seizure of the Neirsee
Documents 5-10: Caribbean: Enslaved on Guadeloupe
Documents 11-20: Caribbean: Colonial Authorities in Action
Documents 21-37: Europe: A Diplomatic Incident
Part 4
The Questions
Time, space, and technology
Slave Trade Database
Primary Source Documents
Making of the Graphic History
Gaps and Silences
Timeline of the Atlantic-Slave Trade

About the author: 

Rafe Blaufarb (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Ben Weider Eminent Scholar Chair and Director of the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution in the history department at the Florida State University. He is the author of books and articles on French history, as well as several articles on other topics, including Atlantic and Latin American history.

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