By Eli Faber
In the wake of the civil rights circulation, an outstanding divide has spread out among African American and Jewish groups. What was once traditionally a harmonious and supportive dating has suffered from a robust and oft-repeated legend, that Jews managed and masterminded the slave alternate and owned slaves on a wide scale, good in way over their very own share within the population.
In this groundbreaking booklet, prone to stand because the definitive observe at the topic, Eli Faber cuts via this cloud of mystification to recapture a big bankruptcy in either Jewish and African diasporic history.
Focusing at the British empire, Faber assesses the level to which Jews participated within the establishment of slavery via funding in slave buying and selling businesses, possession of slave ships, advertisement job as retailers who offered slaves upon their arrival from Africa, and direct possession of slaves. His unheard of unique examine using delivery and tax files, stock-transfer ledgers, censuses, slave registers, and synagogue documents finds, as soon as and for all, the minimum nature of Jews' involvement within the subjugation of Africans within the Americas.
A an important corrective, Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade lays to leisure essentially the most contested old controversies of our time.
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Extra resources for Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade: Setting the Record Straight
M. 1 Jewish Investors in English Stock, 1707–9 Investment Vehicle Annuities, 1707 Bank of England subscription, 1709 Bank of England stock, 1709 East India Co. stock, 1709 No. 2 *For the need to reduce these ﬁgures slightly, see the discussions at ns. 57, 69, and 72. SOURCE : P. G. M. Dickson, The Financial Revolution in England: A Study in the Development of Public Credit, 1688–1756 (London: Macmillan, 1967), 268. the end of 1712. 7 percent of all Jewish investors then) who did so. As in the earlier period, most Jews making investments preferred other avenues to investment in the Company.
23 With the advent of the Dutch, some of Suriname’s Jews left for Jamaica in 1677, preferring to live under the British ﬂag. 24 The names of the 10 who were willing to remove to Jamaica with their slaves had been reported to the English government in 1675, along with the name of a Jewish emigrant who actually did depart from Suriname that year for Jamaica with 33 slaves in tow. 25 It was in Suriname, nonetheless, that a Jewish presence on the South American mainland at last took permanent form.
65 The Company’s records for early 1708 indicate that the relative amount of stock held by Jewish investors also declined from the 1699 level, although modestly. 3 percent. 6 percentage of the shareholders. The fact that Jewish investors owned proportionally more stock in 1693, 1699, and 1708 than their percentage as shareholders does not indicate any unusual interest on their part in the slave trade or any rush by them to own Royal African Company stock. The same occurred in connection with other contemporary opportunities for investment, and therefore appears to have characterized their activity as investors.