Zong A Massacre, the Law and the End of Slavery

ISBN-10: 0300125550

ISBN-13: 9780300125559

Edition: 2011

Authors: James Walvin

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On November 29, 1781, Captain Collingwood of the British ship Zongcommanded his crew to throw overboard one-third of his cargo: a shipment of Africans bound for slavery in America. The captain believed his ship was off course, and he feared there was not enough drinking water to last until landfall. This book is the first to examine in detail the deplorable killings on the Zong, the lawsuit that ensued, how the murder of 132 slaves affected debates about slavery, and the way we remember the infamous Zongtoday. Historian James Walvin explores all aspects of the Zong's voyage and the subsequent triala case brought to court not for the murder of the slaves but as a suit against the insurers who denied the owners' claim that their "cargo" had been necessarily jettisoned. The scandalous case prompted wide debate and fueled Britain's awakening abolition movement. Without the episode of the Zong, Walvin contends, the process of ending the slave trade would have taken an entirely different moral and political trajectory. He concludes with a fascinating discussion of how the case of the Zong, though unique in the history of slave ships, has come to be understood as typical of life on all such ships.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/18/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

James Walvin is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of York in England and an authority on the slave trade. His recent books include The Trader, the Owner, the Slave; A Short History of Slavery; and The Slave Trade.

List of Illustrations and Maps
Acknowledgments
A painting, and a slave ship
The city built on slavery
Crews and captives
The making of the Zong
All at sea
An open secret
In the eyes of the law
A matter of necessity
In the wake of the Zong
Abolition and after
Remembing the Zong
Notes
Further Reading
Index
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