• The American Slave Coast

  • A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry
  • By: Ned Sublette, Constance Sublette
  • Narrated by: Robin Eller
  • Length: 30 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-20-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (57 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The American Slave Coast tells the horrific story of how the slavery business in the United States made the reproductive labor of "breeding women" essential to the expansion of the nation. The book shows how slaves' children, and their children's children, were human savings accounts that were the basis of money and credit. This was so deeply embedded in the economy of the slave states that it could be decommissioned only by emancipation, achieved through the bloodiest war in the history of the United States.
The American Slave Coast is an alternative history of the United States that presents the slavery business, as well as familiar historical figures and events, in a revealing new light.
©2016 Ned Sublette and Constance Sublette (P)2016 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ary Shalizi on 11-28-16

Get "The Half Has Never Been Told" instead!



Ned & Constance Sublette have put together a thoroughly researched and well-told account of the slavery economy. The primary focus is on the slave trade from the Atlantic Coast (Maryland/Virginia vs. South Carolina/Georgia) to the cotton lands opened up by the Louisiana Purchase and subsequent wars. It covers much of the same territory as Edward Baptist's "The Half Has Never Been Told," relying on many overlapping primary sources, and comes to similar conclusions as well. However, I found Baptist's prose is livelier and more engaging than the Sublette's, though the latter provide more complete social and historical context.

While this book is worth reading, I would advise you avoid the audio version. The narrator does an atrocious job; the reviewer who compared the narration to Siri is pretty much on the mark. Odd pauses within sentences, sometimes even within words; mispronunciations; and a complete lack of emotion do an utter disservice to this important material. By contrast, the narration of "The Half Has Never Been Told" is excellent.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dana D. on 11-18-17

Important & Thoroughly Researched, Terrible Reader

I have both the paperback and the audible version of this insightful and enlightening story of how slavery is integral to the history of the United States. It's a detailed and engaging work that is well written, and extensively documented. But by all means get the book. As other reviewers have noted this reader has a flat and mechanical presentation. That's not so bad for a history book, in my opinion. However, the mangled and idiosyncratic pronunciation of some words is very distracting. Where is the audio editor for this audible edition? I note that some words that are mispronounced early are correctly pronounced later. So I think there is an editor involved in some places - perhaps one who dozes off from time to time because of the monotone performance. These problems are noted in other books that Robin Eller reads. It's a shame. A work this important deserves a first class narration. The sample reading on the web site does not include any of the bizarre pronunciations.

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