A Massacre, the Law and the End of Slavery
Hardback 260pp Illustrated
9780300125559   Product Code: 24004
In 1781 the captain of the British slave ship Zong ordered his crew to throw 132 Africans bound for slavery in America - a third of his captives - overboard, because the ship was running low on drinking water. This sobering history places the atrocity in the context of the Atlantic slave trade, and shows how the resulting dispute over insurance drew the incident to the outraged attention of the British public, intensifying demands for the abolition of this inhuman commerce.