Discuss Rediker chapters 9, 10 and Epilogue.

PDF copy of Rediker's Chapter Nine

PDF copy of Rediker's Chapter Ten

PDF copy of Rediker's Epilogue

Don't forget that you have a reading quiz in large lecture today!

Guided Reading Questions:

Chapter 9

  • How were a multiethnic mass of Africans, thrown together on a slave ship, learn to act collectively?
  • How was a culture among the enslaved, created below deck?
  • What types of work were the enslaved assigned and in some cases, entrusted to do?
  • What means of communication, and expressive culture were the enslaved from various nations able to establish? How did self expression help the enslaved to become shipmates?

Chapter 10

  • How effective was abolitionist propaganda? What were abolitionists in Great Britain agitating for? How is it different than the American abolitionist movement?
  • How was the diagram of the Brooks ship repurposed over time? How was it improved? In what specific ways?
  • How were common sailors at the center of the abolition of the slave trade? How were sailors able to be objects of sympathy while they perpetrated the many horrors of the trade?
  • Now that you have completed the text, how is the Slave Ship a history from the bottom up? Has Rediker's research approach to the subject matter achieved this?