The third section of AMA is entitled The Love of Liberty.  The Love of Liberty is the name of the slave ship which conveys Ama across the Atlantic. The references and texts relate principally to aspects of the Middle Passage. Jihad and Tomba refer to the sub-plot in chapter 23.


The left hand panel has links to pages with narratives written by slaves, stories of slave resistance on board ship, discussion of the place of the slave trade in the growth of capitalism, criticism and defence of the slave trade, descriptions of the Middle Passage and technical information about the ships involved in the trade.






This photograph is reproduced with the permission of the photographer Ms. Robin Harris and the owner of the shackles, Ms. Janice L. Frierson. The tag on the key is engraved : T. H. Porter Dealer in Slaves. The back of the tag bears the date 1822 and the letters HC. The shackles and the key are engraved with the number 673.

They love liberty; go to war with their neighbours because they choose to become republicans, and insist upon the right of enslaving the negroes.


Robert Southey, 1807

(quoted by Roy Porter in English Society in the Eighteenth Century, Penguin, 1982)


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Mannix, Daniel Pratt. Black cargoes; a history of the Atlantic slave trade, 1518-1865. New York, Viking Press [1962].

Mouser,  Bruce L. ed. _A Slaving Voyage to Africa and Jamaica: The Log of the 'Sandown', 1793-1794_. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2002. xxii + 156 pp.  Maps, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. $27.95 (cloth), ISBN 0-253-34077-2.

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Rawley, James A. The transatlantic slave trade: a history. 1st ed. New York: Norton, c1981.

Reynolds, Edward. Stand the storm: a history of the Atlantic slave trade. London; New York: Allison & Busby; New York, NY: Distributed in the SA by Schocken Books, 1985.

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