• The Last Slave Ships

  • New York and the End of the Middle Passage
  • By: John Harris
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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A stunning behind-the-curtain look into the last years of the illegal transatlantic slave trade in the United States.

Long after the transatlantic slave trade was officially outlawed by every major slave-trading nation in the early 19th century, merchants based in the United States were still sending hundreds of illegal slave ships from American ports to the African coast. The key instigators were slave traders who moved to New York City after the shuttering of the massive illegal slave trade to Brazil in 1850. These traffickers were determined to make lower Manhattan a key hub in the illegal slave trade to Cuba. In conjunction with allies in Africa and Cuba, they ensnared around 200,000 African men, women, and children during the 1850s and 1860s. John Harris explores how the US government went from ignoring, and even abetting, this illegal trade to helping to shut it down completely in 1867.

©2020 John Harris (P)2020 Tantor
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Must-read on the end of the international slavery

A panoramic, highly informative, and lucid research. I truly enjoyed the book, and the narrator's voice, clear and without strong accent, added pleasantness to my experience. I can say nothing negative about the book.

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very interesting and useful.

God damn Manoel Cunha Reis, the arch villain of this book. The crimes of capitalism.

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A Must-read Dark Chapter of American History

In this detailed and well-told account, Dr Harris tells stories never heard before of the illicit slave trade being run out of New York, Baltimore and other US seaports. The reality of the slave trade as it went on unchecked is gruesome, far-reaching and startling in its magnitude. In this book, the smaller stories come together to create a much bigger picture for all of us of the massive extent of slaving operations.

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Great story but only part of it

This was some really interesting history that the general public is probably not aware of. Who knew New York, and not Baltimore (in a slave state but that never seceded) and not New Orleans (definitely in a slave state) was the capital of the slave trade from 1850 on to the end of the Civil War. But I wish there had been more on the African side: Who were the slave traders there? How did they capture people who were then enslaved? Was it one ethnic group versus another? All still to be known.