By C. Sears

even if by means of falling prey to Algerian corsairs or crashing onto the desolate tract seashores of Western Sahara, a handful of american citizens within the first years of the Republic came upon themselves enslaved in a method that differed so markedly from 19th century U.S. slavery that a few contemporaries and glossy students hesitate to categorize their reviews 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 method of slavery in Algiers and Western Sahara. This paintings illuminates the commonalities and peculiarities of those slaveries, whereas contributing to a transforming into physique of literature that showcases the pliability of slavery as an institution.

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