The Empire of Necessity
Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
Greg Grandin's study of slavery begins not on the west coast of Africa but in the South Pacific, off the coast of Chile, where in 1805 Captain Amasa Delano, an anti-slavery American, happened upon a slave rebellion on board the Tryal. The incident, recorded in Delano's memoirs, has inspired many literary works, notably Herman Melville's Benito Cereno; here, it leads to a new account of slavery across continents, and the deceptions inherent in the New World's 'Age of Freedom'.
Ending the African Slave Trade
Long after slavery was abolished in the British Empire, the trade continued along the east coast of Africa – and many of the ships involved were British. The Royal Navy dispatched a squadron to stamp out the practice – only to come into conflict with wealthy merchants at home. Based on archival research and written with great narrative verve, this is the story of how a coalition of naval officers and abolitionists finally forced the government to act.
The Amistad Rebellion
An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom
On 28 June 1893, the Spanish slave schooner Amistad set sail from Havana to deliver its human cargo. Four days later, its captives escaped and killed the captain, but were captured by the US Navy and imprisoned in Connecticut. Using newly discovered evidence, this powerful account reclaims the rebellion, which inspired Steven Spielberg’s film, for its instigators, the African rebels whose struggle for justice went all the way to the Supreme Court and changed the course of history.