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The Empire of Necessity

Slavery, Freedom, And Deception In The New World

By Greg Grandin, 1962-

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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2014

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9780805094534


Format: Book
Author: Grandin, Greg, 1962-
Summary: 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 who appeared to be slaves. They weren't. Having earlier seized control of the vessel and slaughtered most of the crew, they were staging an elaborate ruse. When Delano, an idealistic, anti-slavery republican, finally realized the deception--that the men and women he thought were slaves were actually running the ship--he responded with explosive violence. Drawing on research on four continents, historian Greg Grandin explores the multiple forces that culminated in this extraordinary event--an event that inspired Herman Melville's masterpiece Benito Cereno. Here, Grandin 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.--From publisher description.
Title: The empire of necessity : slavery, freedom, and deception in the New World / Greg Grandin.
Publisher Date: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
Subject: Delano, Amasa, 1763-1823. Slavery -- South America -- History -- 19th century. Slave trade -- South America -- History -- 19th century. Slave insurrections -- South America -- History -- 19th century.
Isbn: 9780805094534 (hbk.) 0805094539 (hbk.)
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System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 4
Call Number: 306.36209 Gra
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Bib Id: 493367

Format: Book
Author: Grandin, Greg, 1962-
Summary: Documents an early nineteenth-century event that inspired Herman Melville's "Benito Cereno," tracing the cultural, economic, and religious clash that occurred aboard a distressed Spanish ship of West African pirates.
Summary: 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 who appeared to be slaves. They weren't. Having earlier seized control of the vessel and slaughtered most of the crew, they were staging an elaborate ruse. When Delano, an idealistic, anti-slavery republican, finally realized the deception--that the men and women he thought were slaves were actually running the ship--he responded with explosive violence. Drawing on research on four continents, historian Greg Grandin explores the multiple forces that culminated in this extraordinary event--an event that inspired Herman Melville's masterpiece Benito Cereno. Here, Grandin 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.--From publisher description.
Title: The empire of necessity : slavery, freedom, and deception in the New World / Greg Grandin.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
Description: xiv, 360 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Subjects: Delano, Amasa, 1763-1823.
Subjects: Slavery -- South America -- History -- 19th century.
Subjects: Slave trade -- South America -- History -- 19th century.
Subjects: Slave insurrections -- South America -- History -- 19th century.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN: 2013014309
ISBN: 9780805094534 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0805094539 (hbk.)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 4
Call Number: 306.36209 Gra