October 2, 2013

Confronting the Middle Passage

American Identities: Episode #5

In her forthcoming book Routes of Terror: Gender, Health and Power in the Eighteenth Century Middle Passage, assistant professor Sowande' Mustakeem reveals the forgotten world of 18th century slave ships. In today's podcast, she shares the story of one enslaved woman and discusses why it's so important for Americans to confront this foundational, brutal chapter of history. Mustakeem's research focuses particularly on the experiences of those most frequently left out of the history of the Middle Passage - women, children, the elderly, and the diseased.

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