Social death and political life in the study of slavery.

  title={Social death and political life in the study of slavery.},
  author={Vincent Brown},
  journal={The American historical review},
  volume={114 5},
  • Vincent Brown
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • History
  • The American historical review
ABOARD THE HUDIBRAS IN 1786, in the course of a harrowing journey from Africa to America, a popular woman died in slavery. Although she was “universally esteemed” among her fellow captives as an “oracle of literature,” an “orator,” and a “songstress,” she is anonymous to historians because the sailor on the slave ship who described her death, the young William Butterworth, did not record her name. Yet he did note that her passing caused a minor political tumult when the crew herded the other… 

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