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The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade

Manuel Barcia


The Yellow Demon of Fever unravels the story of the uninterrupted Atlantic struggle between humans and often terrifying and puzzling diseases, a struggle that generated a vast amount of information at a time when transatlantic means of communication were significantly enhanced. It seeks to demonstrate that while the enforcement of abolitionist policies in the Atlantic contributed to the eventual ending of the transatlantic slave trade, it also led to an increase in the suffering of those who were enslaved and sent into the transatlantic slave trade. The book also argues that slave traders’ wor ... More

Keywords: Slave trade, slave-trade contact zones, disease, medical history, Atlantic world, colonialism, abolition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300215854
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300215854.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Manuel Barcia, author
University of Leeds