Katherine Burns is a second year History PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. Her doctoral project focuses on African American family histories and memorials to enslavement, and her research interests broadly include Slavery Studies, African American Studies, Memory Studies and Nineteenth-Century US Studies.

Book Review: Slavery at Sea by Sowande’ M. Mustakeem

Sowande’ M. Mustakeem’s Slavery At Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage redefines the existing narrative of the transatlantic slave trade by offering vastly new perspectives to the literature. This ambitious study brings together a wide array of archival sources – including diaries, medical logs, ship logs, account sales, and newspapers – to consider ‘this horrific period in time’ which ‘continues unchallenged’ and so remains ‘a bloodied yet sanitized chapter in global history’ (6). Continue reading