Chapter

The Atlantic Crossing

Audra A. Diptee

in From Africa to Jamaica

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034829
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038414 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034829.003.0005
The Atlantic Crossing

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The captive experience during the Atlantic crossing is addressed in this chapter. Like previous chapters it offers a careful inclusion of the experiences of women and children. It suggests that despite the harshness of their experience, captive Africans did not lose their sense of self. They did not, as recent studies on the middle passage have asserted, experience a form of “social death.” Scholarly discussions addressing the humanity of the enslaved have a lengthy history and have taken the form of many debates. Generations of scholars have long marched past the interpretative frameworks of Franklin Frazier and Stanley Elkins. Yet the substance of their ideas echo loudly in Orlando Patterson's later advanced concept of “social death”—which, over three decades later, continues to find currency with a new generation of scholars.

Keywords: Atlantic crossing; Franklin Frazier; Stanley Elkins; Orlando Patterson; social death

Chapter.  6828 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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