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By James Walvin

ISBN-10: 0300125550

ISBN-13: 9780300125559

On November 29, 1781, Captain Collingwood of the British send Zong commanded his staff to throw overboard one-third of his shipment: a cargo of Africans certain for slavery in the USA. The captain believed his send used to be off track, and he feared there has been no longer adequate ingesting water to final till landfall. This booklet is the 1st to check intimately the deplorable killings at the Zong, the lawsuit that ensued, how the homicide of 132 slaves affected debates approximately slavery, and how we take into accout the notorious Zong today.

Historian James Walvin explores all elements of the Zong's voyage and the next trial—a case dropped at court docket no longer for the homicide of the slaves yet as a swimsuit opposed to the insurers who denied the owners' declare that their "cargo" have been inevitably jettisoned. The scandalous case brought on huge debate and fueled Britain's awakening abolition stream. with out the episode of the Zong, Walvin contends, the method of finishing the slave alternate may have taken a wholly varied ethical and political trajectory. He concludes with a desirable dialogue of ways the case of the Zong, although distinct within the historical past of slave ships, has turn out to be understood as commonplace of existence on all such ships.

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