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Book Review

Publication Date

Fall 2008


This anthology of essay provides a persuasive basis for widening our geographic Emma Christopher et. al. (eds.), “Many Middle Passages: Forced Migration and the Making of the Modern World,” Journal of the Early Republic 28:3 (Fall 2008): 474-477. lens when considering coerced voyages across the Atlantic. It offers as a useful framing tool to consider the social and cultural transformations of a variety of people coercively transported that middle passages were ‘‘the structuring link between expropriation in one geographic setting and exploitation in another.” Additionally, the editors consider a variety of ‘‘prisons’’ central to these middle passages, and claim that the history of labor transported across oceans is a ‘‘thesis-antithesis-synthesis’’ of terror, resistance, and cultural creativity