American Slave Series Amazing and true tales from the days of slavery as told by the slaves themselves. From the 'night the stars fell' to the incident where 60 slave babies died in one day. This is a sometimes graphically tragic book that is generously mixed with humour, but contained within most of these stories is an awe inspiring amount of courage and a deep spirituality from which most slaves gained their daily strength. This title from the AMERICAN SLAVE SERIES of books delves into a multitude of subjects including the breeding of slaves for profit, encounters with wild animals, patrollers, wicked overseers, murder and work in the fields. A must read for those interested in the dark days of American slavery and an excellent resource for those interested in African American History
Chattel slavery, also called traditional slavery, is so named because people are treated as the chattel (personal property) of an owner and are bought and sold as if they were commodities. It is the least prevalent form of slavery in the world today. An estimated 12 million Africans arrived in the Americas from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Of these, an estimated 645,000 were brought to what is now the United States. The usual estimate is that about 15% of slaves died during the voyage, with mortality rates considerably higher in Africa itself in the process of capturing and transporting indigenous peoples to the ships.