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Marcus Rediker
University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA 15260-6133)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2005 – 5/31/2006

A History of the Slave Ship

I propose a history of the slave ship. I will investigate the material evolution of this world-transforming technology, concentrating on the British and American slave trade of the eighteenth century and the ship's role in Atlantic economic development. I will also analyze the slave ship as a stage for the enactment of four great dramas of the age: relations between captain and crew; between the crew and the enslaved; among the enslaved themselves; and finally between abolitionists and pro-slavery advocates over how the middle passage and the ship itself would be represented in public debate.