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A Look at the Transatlantic Slave Trade

February 12, 1997
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As part of Black History Month, and to commemorate the birthday of
President Abraham Lincoln who issued the Emancipation Proclamation
on January 1st, 1863, today on Democracy Now a special look at the
transatlantic slave trade. We’ll examine many of the historical and
political questions raised by the largest forced migration in human
history with voices as varied as Martin Luther King, Cornel West,
Molefe Asante and Nkeichi Taifa of today’s black reparations
movement.

But first we want to look at a unique story of the only slave ship
in the Americas discovered and then excavated off the coast of
south Florida — the Henrietta Marie. The ship, the oldest slave
ship ever found, was wrecked off Key West in 1700 and prompted
writers Rosemarie Robotham and Madeline Burnside to put together a
history of the early slave trade called — Spirits of the Passage:
The Transatlantic Slave Trade of the Seventeenth Century.

GUEST:

ROSEMARIE ROBOTHAM, co-author of Spirits of the Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade of the Seventeenth Century.

TAPE: A SLAVE SHIP SPEAKS: THE WRECK OF THE HENRIETTA MARIE, produced by the Mel Fisher Maritime Society.


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