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Amistad's OrphansAn Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling$
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Benjamin N Lawrance

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300198454

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300198454.001.0001

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African Child Enslavement in the Nineteenth Century

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Amistad's Orphans

Benjamin N. Lawrance

Yale University Press

Nineteenth-century slave traders recognized children as effective tools with which to avoid new slave trading restrictions and prohibitions. This chapter explores the contextual perimeters of children and child slaves in the nineteenth century against broader scholarly debates about childhood. Reuniting the orphans of La Amistad as an imagined slave ship family somehow provides a pattern for understanding the outline of the nineteenth-century African child slave experience. From the enslavement in their original villages, journey to the coastal prisons or barracoons, to the deep and dark activities of a slave ship, the chapter examines the different aspects of child enslavement within the context of the 1830s–40s illegal slave trade, along with the relationship between child enslavement and the expansion of prohibitions on slave trading.

Keywords:   nineteenth-century slave trade, slave trade prohibitions, child slavery, childhood, La Amistad orphans, African child slave, child enslavement, slave trading

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