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The Power to Die: Slavery and Suicide in British North by Terri L. Snyder PDF

By Terri L. Snyder

ISBN-10: 022628056X

ISBN-13: 9780226280561

The background of slavery in early the US is a historical past of suicide. On ships crossing the Atlantic, enslaved women and men refused to consume or leaped into the sea. They strangled or hanged themselves. They tore open their very own throats. In the USA, they jumped into rivers or out of home windows, or perhaps bumped into burning constructions. confronted with the truth of enslavement, numerous Africans selected dying instead.

In The strength to Die, Terri L. Snyder excavates the historical past of slave suicide, returning it to its principal position in early American historical past. How did people—traders, plantation vendors, and, most significantly, enslaved women and men themselves—view and comprehend those deaths, and the way did they have an effect on understandings of the establishment of slavery then and now? Snyder attracts on ships’ logs, surgeons' journals, judicial and legislative files, newspaper bills, abolitionist propaganda and slave narratives, and lots of different resources to construct a grim photo of slavery’s toll and aspect the ways that suicide uncovered the contradictions of slavery, serving as a robust indictment that resonated in the course of the Anglo-Atlantic global and maintains to talk to historians today.

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