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Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade: Setting the Record Straight
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Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade: Setting the Record Straight Hardcover - 1998

by Eli Faber

A conclusive reassessment of the long-standing controversy over Jewish involvement in the slave trade. Focusing on the British empire, historian Eli Faber's extensive research reveals minimal involvement in the subjugation of Africans by Jews in the Americas. Faber lays to rest one of the most contested historical controversies of our time.


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Lays to rest the controversial myth of Jewish involvement in the slave trade In the wake of the civil rights movement, a great divide has opened up between African American and Jewish communities. What was historically a harmonious and supportive relationship has suffered from a powerful and oft-repeated legend, that Jews controlled and masterminded the slave trade and owned slaves on a large scale, well in excess of their own proportion in the population. In this groundbreaking book, likely to stand as the definitive word on the subject, Eli Faber cuts through this cloud of mystification to recapture an important chapter in both Jewish and African diasporic history. Focusing on the British empire, Faber assesses the extent to which Jews participated in the institution of slavery through investment in slave trading companies, ownership of slave ships, commercial activity as merchants who sold slaves upon their arrival from Africa, and direct ownership of slaves. His unprecedented original research utilizing shipping and tax records, stock-transfer ledgers, censuses, slave registers, and synagogue records reveals, once and for all, the minimal nature of Jews' involvement in the subjugation of Africans in the Americas. A crucial corrective, Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade lays to rest one of the most contested historical controversies of our time.

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  • Title Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade: Setting the Record Straight
  • Author Eli Faber
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First Edition
  • Pages 386
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher New York University Press, New York, New York, U.S.A.
  • Date 1998-08-01
  • Illustrated Yes
  • ISBN 9780814726389 / 0814726380
  • Weight 1.52 lbs (0.69 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.25 x 6.33 x 1.23 in (23.50 x 16.08 x 3.12 cm)
  • Themes
    • Cultural Region: African
    • Cultural Region: Caribbean
    • Ethnic Orientation: African American
    • Ethnic Orientation: Jewish
    • Religious Orientation: Jewish
  • Library of Congress subjects Slavery - Caribbean Area - History, Caribbean Area - Ethnic relations
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 98009051
  • Dewey Decimal Code 972.900

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Citations

  • Booklist, 08/01/1998, Page 1955
  • Kirkus Reviews, 08/01/1998, Page 1082
  • Publishers Weekly, 07/27/1998, Page 59
  • Univ PR Books for Public Libry, 01/01/1999, Page 79
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