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HIST1300 Reading List MAW Equiano and the Slave Trade

Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study, 2019/20, Semester 2
Professor Stephen Alford
S.Alford@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1: Equiano in the era of the slave trade

Seminar preparation:

Primary source: E. Equiano, The interesting narrative and other writings, edited with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta (New York: Penguin, 2003), pp. 7-8, 31-2.

Secondary source: D. Richardson, ‘Through a looking glass: Olaudah Equiano and African experiences of the British-Atlantic slave trade’, in P.D. Morgan (ed.)Black experience and the Empire(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).

Further reading:

(on the British slave trade generally):

S.A. Martin,Britain's slave trade(London: 4 Books, 1999).

K. Morgan,Slavery and the British empire : from Africa to America(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), chapters 1-3.

J. Walvin,Black ivory : a history of British slavery (Malden, MA.: Blackwell, 2001).

J. Walvin, The slave trade (New York: Thames & Hudson, 2011).

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Week 2: Equiano and Africa

Seminar preparation:

Primary source: E. Equiano, The interesting narrative and other writings, edited with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta (New York: Penguin, 2003), pp. 32-45.

Secondary source: J. Walvin, An African's life : the life and times of Olaudah Equiano, 1745-1797, (London: Continuum, 2000), chapter 1.

Further reading:

V. Carretta,Equiano, the African : biography of a self-made man(Athens, GA.: University of Georgia Press, 2005), chapter 1.

(on Africa and the slave trade generally):

B. Barry, ‘Precolonial western Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade’ in B.L. Solow (ed.)Slavery and the rise of the Atlantic system (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

H.S. Klein, The Atlantic slave trade (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), chapters 3-4 [eBook].

W. McGowan, ‘African resistance to the Atlantic slave trade in West Africa’, Slavery & Abolition : a journal of slave and post-slave studies., Vol. 11 (1990), pp. 5-29.

J.K. Thornton, Africa and Africans in the making of the Atlantic world, 1400-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), chapters 2-4. [eBook].

 

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Week 3: Equiano and the ‘middle passage’

Seminar preparation:

Primary source: E. Equiano, The interesting narrative and other writings, edited with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta (New York: Penguin, 2003), pp. 46-61.

Secondary source: V. Carretta, Equiano, the African : biography of a self-made man (Athens, GA.: University of Georgia Press, 2005), chapter 3.

Further reading:

M. Rediker,The slave ship : a human history(London: Murray, 2007).

D. Richardson, ‘Through a looking glass: Olaudah Equiano and African experiences of the British-Atlantic slave trade’, in P.D. Morgan (ed.)Black experience and the Empire(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), pp. 61-3, 71-76.

J. Walvin, An African's life : the life and times of Olaudah Equiano, 1745-1797, (London: Continuum, 2000), pp. 16-30.

(on the middle passage more generally):

J.S. Handler, ‘Survivors of the middle passage: Life histories of enslaved Africans in British America’, Slavery & Abolition : a journal of slave and post-slave studies., Vol. 23 (2002), pp. 25-56.

Klein, H.S., Engerman, S.L., Haines R. and Shlomowitz, R. ‘Transoceanic mortality: The slave trade in comparative perspective’, William and Mary quarterly., Vol. 58, No. 1 (Jan, 2001).

H.S. Klein, The Atlantic slave trade (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), chapter 6. [eBook].

W. McGowan, ‘African resistance to the Atlantic slave trade in West Africa’, Slavery & Abolition : a journal of slave and post-slave studies., Vol. 11 (1990), pp. 5-29.

Mustakeem, S. ‘“I have never seen such a sickly ship before”: Diet, disease, and mortality in eighteenth-century Atlantic slaving voyages’, Journal of African American History, Vol. 93 (2008), pp. 474-96.

M. Rediker, The slave ship : a human history (London: Murray, 2007).

E.R. Taylor,If we must die : shipboard insurrections in the era of the Atlantic slave trade(Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006).

 

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Week 4: Gustavus Vassa or Olaudah Equiano?

Seminar preparation:

Primary source: E. Equiano, The interesting narrative and other writings, edited with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta (New York: Penguin, 2003), pp. 5-7, 63-4.

Secondary source: P.E. Lovejoy, ‘Autobiography and memory: Gustavus Vassa, alias Olaudah Equiano, the African’, Slavery & Abolition : a journal of slave and post-slave studies., Vol. 27 (2006), pp. 317-347.

Further reading:

R.J. Allison, ‘Who was Olaudah Equiano’, Reviews in History, Vol. 34 (2006), pp. 12-17.

V. Carretta, ‘Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa? New light on an eighteenth-century question of identity’, Slavery & Abolition : a journal of slave and post-slave studies., Vol. 20 (1999), pp. 96-105.

V. Carretta, ‘Questioning the identity of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African’ in F.A. Nussbaum (ed.) The Global eighteenth century (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).

V. Carretta, Equiano, the African : biography of a self-made man (Athens, GA.: University of Georgia Press), chapters 13-14. 

V. Carretta, ‘Response to Paul Lovejoy’s “Autobiography and memory: Gustavus Vassa, alias Olaudah Equiano, the African”’, Slavery & Abolition : a journal of slave and post-slave studies., Vol. 28 (2007), pp. 115-119.

P. Jaros, ‘Good names: Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa’, The eighteenth century., Vol. 54 (2013), pp. 1-23.

P.E. Lovejoy, ‘Issues of motivation: Vassa/Equiano and Carretta’s critique of the evidence’, Slavery & Abolition : a journal of slave and post-slave studies., Vol. 28 (2007), pp. 121-125.

P.E. Lovejoy, ‘Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa: What’s in a name?’, Atlantic studies, Vol. 9 (2012), pp. 165-184.

J.H. Sweet, ‘Mistaken identities? Olaudah Equiano, Domingos Alvares, and the methodological challenges of studing the African diaspora’, The American historical review., Vol. 114 (2009), pp. 279-306.

 

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Week 5: Equiano and slavery

Seminar preparation:

Primary source: E. Equiano, The interesting narrative and other writings, edited with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta (New York: Penguin, 2003), pp. 62-76, 95-130.

Secondary sources:

D. Richardson, ‘Through a looking glass: Olaudah Equiano and African experiences of the British-Atlantic slave trade’, in P.D. Morgan (ed.) Black experience and the Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), pp. 71-9.

AND

J. Walvin, An African's life : the life and times of Olaudah Equiano, 1745-1797, (London: Continuum, 2000), chapter 5.

Further reading:

V. Carretta, Equiano, the African : biography of a self-made man (Athens, GA.: University of Georgia Press), chapters 3-7.

J. Walvin, An African's life : the life and times of Olaudah Equiano, 1745-1797, (London: Continuum, 2000), chapters 3-7.

(on the experience of slavery generally)

Edelson, M.Plantation enterprise in colonial South Carolina(2006), chapter 2.  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Follett, R. ‘The demography of slavery’ T. Burnard and G. Heuman (eds.)The Routledge history of slavery(London: Routledge, 2010).

Morgan, P.D. ‘Work and Culture: The Task System and the World of Low-country Blacks, 1700-1880’, William and Mary quarterly., Vol. 39 (1982), pp. 563-99.

Morgan, P.D.Slave counterpoint : Black culture in the eighteenth-century Chesapeake and Lowcountry(Chapel Hill, 1998).

L.S. Walsh, ‘Work and the slave economy’ in T. Burnard and G. Heuman (eds.) The Routledge history of slavery (London: Routledge, 2010).

 

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Week 6: Equiano and freedom

Seminar preparation:

Primary source: E. Equiano, The interesting narrative and other writings, edited with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta (New York: Penguin, 2003), pp. 131-160.

Secondary source: V. Carretta, Equiano, the African : biography of a self-made man (Athens, GA.: University of Georgia Press, 2005), chapter 6.

Further reading:

V. Carretta, Equiano, the African : biography of a self-made man (Athens, GA.: University of Georgia Press), chapters 3-7.

P.E. Lovejoy, ‘“Freedom narratives” of transatlantic slavery’, Slavery & Abolition : a journal of slave and post-slave studies., Vol. 32 (2011), pp. 91-107.

J. Walvin, An African's life : the life and times of Olaudah Equiano, 1745-1797, (London: Continuum, 2000), chapters 3-7.

(on manumissions in British-Atlantic colonies generally)

Higman, B. W.Slave populations of the British Caribbean, 1807-1834(Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1984), chapter 10. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

 

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Week 7: Equiano and the ‘slave narrative’

Seminar preparation:

Primary source: E. Equiano, The interesting narrative and other writings, edited with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta (New York: Penguin, 2003), pp. 161-177, 198-219.

Secondary source: P.E. Lovejoy, ‘“Freedom narratives” of transatlantic slavery’, Slavery & Abolition : a journal of slave and post-slave studies., Vol. 32 (2011), pp. 91-107.

Further reading:

V. Carretta, ‘Olaudah Equiano: African British abolitionist and founder of the African American slave narrative’ in A. Fisch, (ed.)The Cambridge companion to the African American slave narrative [electronic resource](Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

S. Costanzo,Surprizing narrative : Olaudah Equiano and the beginnings of Black autobiography(London: Greenwood, 1987).

A. Fisch, (ed.) The Cambridge companion to the African American slave narrative [electronic resource] (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

H.L. Gates, (ed.)The classic slave narratives(New York: Signet Classics, 2002).

 

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Week 8: Equiano and identity

Seminar preparation:

Primary source: E. Equiano, The interesting narrative and other writings, edited with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta (New York: Penguin, 2003), pp. 178-193.

Secondary source: V. Carretta, Equiano, the African : biography of a self-made man (Athens, GA.: University of Georgia Press, 2005), chapter 8.

Further reading:

E.J. W. Hinds, ‘The spirit of trade: Olaudah Equiano’s Conversion, Legalism, and the Merchant’s life’, African American review., Vol. 4 (1998), pp. 635-647.

S.M. Marren, ‘Between slavery and freedom: The transgressive self in Olaudah Equiano’s autobiography’, PMLA., Vol. 108 (1993), pp. 94-105.

K. Orban, ‘Dominant and submerged discourses in the Life of Olaudah Equiano (or Gustavus Vassa)’, African American review., Vol. 27 (1993), pp. 655-664.

A. Potkay, ‘History, oratory and god in Equiano’s Interesting Narrative’, Eighteenth-century studies., Vol. 34 (2001), pp. 601-614.

A. Potkay, ‘Olaudah Equiano and the Art of Spiritual Autobiography’, Eighteenth-century studies., Vol. 27 (1994), pp. 677-692.

D. Richardson, ‘Through a looking glass: Olaudah Equiano and African experiences of the British-Atlantic slave trade’, in P.D. Morgan (ed.) Black experience and the Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), pp. 79-83.

R. Sabino and J. Hall, ‘The path not taken: Cultural identity in the interesting life of Olaudah Equiano’, MELUS., Vol. 24 (1999), pp. 5-19.

 

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Week 9: Equiano in England

Seminar preparation:

Primary source: E. Equiano, The interesting narrative and other writings, edited with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta (New York: Penguin, 2003), pp. 77-79, 220-231.

Secondary source: V. Carretta, Equiano, the African : biography of a self-made man (Athens, GA.: University of Georgia Press, 2005), chapter 10.

Further reading:

S.J. Braidwood,Black poor and white philanthropists : London's blacks and the foundation of the Sierra Leone settlement, 1786-1791(Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1994).

K. Chater,Untold histories : black people in England and Wales during the period of the British slave trade, c.1660-1807(Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1999).

P. Fryer,Staying power : the history of black people in Britain(London: Pluto, 1984).

G. Gerzina,Black England : life before emancipation(London: Murray, 1995).

V.C.D. Mtubani, ‘The black voice in Eighteenth-century Britain: African writers against slavery and the slave trade’, Phylon (1960-), Vol. 45 (1984), pp. 85-97.

F. Shyllon,Black people in Britain, 1555-1833(London: Oxford University Press, 1977).

J. Walvin, An African's life : the life and times of Olaudah Equiano, 1745-1797, (London: Continuum, 2000), chapters 8-10. 

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Week 10: Equiano and abolition

Seminar preparation:

Primary source: E. Equiano, The interesting narrative and other writings, edited with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta (New York: Penguin, 2003), pp. 231-6, 328-34.

Secondary source: J. Walvin, An African's life : the life and times of Olaudah Equiano, 1745-1797, (London: Continuum, 2000), chapter 12 .

Further reading:

J. Bugg, ‘The other interesting narrative: Olaudah Equiano’s public book tour’, PMLA., Vol. 121 (2006), pp. 1424-1442.

V. Carretta, Equiano, the African : biography of a self-made man (Athens, GA.: University of Georgia Press), chapters 11-14. 

V.C.D. Mtubani, ‘The black voice in Eighteenth-century Britain: African writers against slavery and the slave trade’, Phylon (1960-), Vol. 45 (1984), pp. 85-97.

R.J. Pudaloff, ‘No change without purchase: Olaudah Equiano and the economies of self and market’, Early American literature., Vol. 40 (2005), pp. 499-527.

J. Walvin, An African's life : the life and times of Olaudah Equiano, 1745-1797, (London: Continuum, 2000), chapters 11-14.

(on abolition generally)

D.B. Davis,Inhuman bondage : the rise and fall of slavery in the New World(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), chapter 12. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

S. Drescher, 'Whose Abolition? Popular Pressure and the Ending of the British Slave Trade', Past & present., Vol. 143, No. 1 (1994).

S. Drescher, Econocide: British Slavery in the Era of Abolition (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1977).

D. Eltis,Economic growth and the ending of the transatlantic slave trade (Oxford: Oxford University Press,1987).

A. Hochschild,Bury the chains : the British struggle to abolish slavery (London: Pan, 2006).

D. Turley, ‘Anti-slavery activists and officials: "influence", lobbying and the slave trade, 1807-1850’ in K. Hamilton and P. Salmon (eds.)Slavery, diplomacy and empire : Britain and the suppression of the slave trade, 1807-1975(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2009).

 

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Week 11: Summary and revision

No specific reading required for this class.

This list was last updated on 17/01/2014