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“To Make Their Escape, and Mutiny”: Enslaved African Resistance During the Middle Passage

A discussion of using reading against the grain to help students understand mutinies on slave ships by enslaved Africans

Bram Hubbell
Bram Hubbell
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“To Make Their Escape, and Mutiny”: Enslaved African Resistance During the Middle Passage

Mutinies were another aspect of the transatlantic slave system that was often described in sources by White Europeans rather than by enslaved Africans. Using the technique of reading against the grain, we can help students better understand how enslaved Africans resisted during the Middle Passage.

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