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The Empire of Necessity : Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World

Author: Greg Grandin
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Documents an early nineteenth-century event that inspired Herman Melville's "Benito Cereno," tracing the cultural, economic, and religious clash that occurred aboard a distressed Spanish ship of West African pirates

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Grandin, Greg, 1962-
Empire of Necessity.
(DLC) 2013014309
Named Person: Amasa Delano; Amasa Delano
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Grandin
ISBN: 9781429943178 1429943173
OCLC Number: 886577324
Awards: Short-listed for Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2014
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 360 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Fast fish. Hawks abroad ; More liberty ; A lion without a crown ; Body and soul ; A conspiracy of lifting and throwing ; Interlude : I never could look at death without a shudder --
A loose fish. A suitable guide to bliss ; The levelling system ; South Sea dreams ; Interlude : black will always have something melancholy in it --
The new extreme. The skin trade ; Falling man ; The crossing ; Diamonds on the soles of their feet ; Interlude : heaven's sense --
Further. Killing seals ; Isolatos ; A terrific sovereignty ; Slavery has grades ; Interlude : a merry repast --
If God wills. Night of power ; The story of the San Juan ; Mohammed's cursed sect ; Interlude : abominable, contemptible Hayti --
Who ain't a slave? Desperation ; Deception ; Retribution ; Conviction ; Interlude : the machinery of civilization --
General average. Lima, or the law of general average ; The lucky one ; Undistributed ; Epilogue : Herman Melville's America.
Responsibility: Greg Grandin.


One morning in 1805, off a remote island in the South Pacific, Captain Amasa Delano, a New England seal hunter, climbed aboard a distressed Spanish ship carrying scores of West Africans he thought  Read more...


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