The Empire of Necessity

Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
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The Empire of Necessity

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Documents an extraordinary early nineteenth-century event that inspired Herman Melville's "Beneto Cereno," tracing the cultural, economic, and religious clash that occurred aboard a distressed Spanish ship of West African pirates.

McMillan Palgrave

From the acclaimed author of Fordlandia, the story of a remarkable slave rebellion that illuminates America’s struggle with slavery and freedom during the Age of Revolution and beyond

One morning in 1805, off a remote island in the South Pacific, Captain Amasa Delano, a New England seal hunter, climbed aboard a distressed Spanish ship carrying scores of West Africans he thought were slaves. They weren’t. Having earlier seized control of the vessel and slaughtered most of the crew, they were staging an elaborate ruse, acting as if they were humble servants. When Delano, an idealistic, anti-slavery republican, finally realized the deception, he responded with explosive violence.

Drawing on research on four continents, The Empire of Necessity explores the multiple forces that culminated in this extraordinary event—an event that already inspired Herman Melville’s masterpiece Benito Cereno. Now historian Greg Grandin, with the gripping storytelling that was praised in Fordlandia, uses the dramatic happenings of that day to map a new transnational history of slavery in the Americas, capturing the clash of peoples, economies, and faiths that was the New World in the early 1800s.

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The author of Fordlandia documents an extraordinary early 19th-century event that inspired Herman Melville's Beneto Cereno, tracing the cultural, economic and religious clashes that occurred aboard a distressed Spanish ship of West African pirates. 50,000 first printing.

Authors: Grandin, Greg, 1962-
Statement of Responsibility: Greg Grandin
Title: The Empire of Necessity
Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
Edition: First Edition
Characteristics: xiv, 360 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-342) and index
Subject Headings: Slavery South America History 19th century Slave trade South America History 19th century Slave insurrections South America History 19th century Delano, Amasa, 1763-1823
Topical Term: Slavery
Slave trade
Slave insurrections
LCCN: 2013014309
ISBN: 9780805094534
Branch Call Number: 306.362 G
Research Call Number: Sc E 14-473
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