By C. Sears

no matter if by way of falling prey to Algerian corsairs or crashing onto the wasteland shorelines of Western Sahara, a handful of usa citizens within the first years of the Republic came upon themselves enslaved in a procedure that differed so markedly from 19th century U.S. slavery that a few contemporaries and glossy students hesitate to categorize their stories as 'slavery.' Sears makes use of a comparative procedure, putting African enslavement of american citizens and Europeans within the context of Mediterranean and Ottoman slaveries, whereas separately investigating the approach of slavery in Algiers and Western Sahara. This paintings illuminates the commonalities and peculiarities of those slaveries, whereas contributing to a turning out to be physique of literature that showcases the pliability of slavery as an institution.

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