Paul Baepler. This article introduces narratives by American captives during and after the Barbary Wars , Set against a background of American imperial pursuits, the accounts reveal the hypocrisy and double-standards common among early Americans who accepted black slavery in America but reacted strongly against the idea of white slaves in the custody of the North African Muslims. The accounts were largely works of fiction, but were accepted as fact.
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White Slaves, African Masters: An Anthology of American Barbary Captivity Narratives
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Sign in Register. News Guardian. Features Slavery wasn't only for Africans Book claims whites also pirates' victims Rory Carroll Guardian Weekly North African pirates abducted and enslaved more than 1 million Europeans between and in a series of raids that depopulated coastal towns from Sicily to Cornwall, according to new research. Thousands of white Christians were seized every year to work as galley slaves, labourers and concubines for Muslim overlords in what is today Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya, it is claimed. Scholars have long known of the slave raids on Europe. But US historian Robert Davis has calculated that the total number captured - although small compared with the 12 million Africans shipped to the Americas in later years - was far higher than previously recognised.
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White Slaves, African Masters
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Paul Baepler's important anthology, White Slaves, African Masters, introduces one of the most significant and one of the most overlooked genres of early American print culture, the Barbary captivity narrative. During the early national period, hundreds of Americans were held captive in the north African states of Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli.
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