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ENSLAVED: The Sunken History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
“Enslaved is an attempt to give a voice to the millions whose voices were silenced.” - Samuel L. Jackson, human rights activist and Hollywood icon
Pegasus * October 2022 * 336 pages with photos
From the writers behind the acclaimed documentary series “Enslaved” (starring Samuel L. Jackson), comes a rich and revealing narrative of the true global and human scope of the transatlantic slave trade. The trade existed for 400 years, during which twelve million people were trafficked, and two million would die en route.
In these pages we meet the remarkable group, Diving with a Purpose (DWP), as they dive sunken slave ships all around the world, searching specifically for remains and artifacts testifying to the millions of kidnapped Africans that were transported to Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean. From manilla bracelets to shackles, cargo, and other random possessions salvaged from these wrecks, these finds bring the stories of lost lives back to the surface.
As we follow the men and women of DWP across eleven countries, Jacobovici and Kingsley’s rich research puts the archaeology and history of these wrecks that lost between 1670 to 1858 in vivid context. From the ports of Gold Coast Africa, to the corporate hubs of trading companies of England, Portugal and the Netherlands, and the final destinations in the New World, Jacobovici and Kingsley show how the slave trade touched every nation and every society on earth.
Though global in scope, ENSLAVED makes history personal as we experience the divers’ sadness, anger, reverence, and awe as they hold tangible pieces of their ancestors’ world in their hands. What those people suffered on board those ships can never be forgiven. ENSLAVED works to ensure that it will always be remembered and understood, and it is the first book to tell the story of the transatlantic slave trade from the bottom of the sea.
Jacobovici is co-author of The Jesus Family Tomb and The Lost Gospel, a 3-time Emmy-winning Israeli-Canadian documentary filmmaker, and host of History Channel’s “The Naked Archaeologist.” Kingsley is a London-based archaeologist, and author of six books.
EPIX/Amazon Prime Documentary tie-in - https://www.amazon.com/Enslaved-Season-1/dp/B08HVWQ74T
Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjcXub35Cg0
International distribution list for “Enslaved” documentary - https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:cb2c5507-2e75-341e-a80f-23a9398f8135
A riveting and illuminating exploration of the transatlantic slave trade by an intrepid team of divers seeking to reclaim the stories of their ancestors
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